A very merry Draftmas to you! We continue our tradition of profiling an NFL Draft prospect every day in April, leading up to the NFL Draft on April 23rd. Every day, you’ll get a prospect profile that includes how they would fit with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Damien Lewis, IOL
6’2” | 327 lbs | LSU
Grade (round): Third
Expected Draft Range: Day two
One-sentence bio: Senior Bowl participant who started every game of his career at LSU en route to a national championship and a first-team All-American nod.
One-sentence scouting report: Massive, physical interior offensive lineman with more movement skills than you’d anticipate for a player his size.
How he fits in Kansas City: The Chiefs have traditionally preferred players on their offensive line with a little more movement skills than Lewis. However, the Chiefs have done their homework on Lewis — holding a meeting with him during the pre-draft process. Could there be a changing of the guard in what the Chiefs are looking for along their interior offensive line? Could they be looking more at some of the dense, physical, powerful interior players in this class?
Lewis isn’t going to be a player that gets out in space with as much success as other linemen in this class, but boy, he tough to move. He’s stout at the point of attack. He anchors and stonewalls rushers and certainly would be a key piece in creating a firm pocket for Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes. In the run game, Lewis consistently changes the line of scrimmage with his outstanding power. He possesses massive, powerful hands that are one of his best assets in the run and pass game. He’s the definition of a people mover.
It’s not that Lewis is a bad mover and couldn’t execute the outside run game the Chiefs employ. It’s just that he does it merely good enough and may restrict what Andy Reid likes to dial up in the screen game. However, Lewis is a quality football player and someone that could see himself starting in the near future for a team. If it’s a Chiefs, they may give up some of the movement skills they’ve leaned on in the past, but are helping steady the interior of Mahomes’ pocket with a rock-solid guard.
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