2019 Vs: Alabama, Texas, Auburn, Senior Bowl 2018 Vs: Ole Miss
Damien Lewis is a phone booth style blocker who can open up run lanes, move the pile in goalline situations, and anchor against bull rushers. He uses his wide frame to stop rushers in their tracks and possesses great contact balance and explosion at the point of attack. Finishes blocks and refuses to let opponents recover once off-balance.
Slow heavy footwork, lacks lateral agility, and limited blocking radius due to his stubby, shorter frame/length. He severely struggled against Derrick Brown and Javon Kinlaw and relies far too much on just his size to maintain blocks. Needs to be more active with his feet and drive in both the run and the pass. Lewis is too slow to pull and may be limited in the second level due to the increased speed of play at the next level.
Damien is a prospect who'll needs work but has the potential to become a starting guard in the NFL. If able to remove the excess weight, that alone may help his footwork in order to correct the obvious flaws in his pass blocking. He can make an immediate impact as a run blocker and did well against fellow hog mollies in the interior. Lewis is best suited in an inside zone or power scheme that'll allow him to utilizes his strengths. If given proper coaching, the right guard could see a lengthy career in the NFL but without it, he may never see the field.
Lewis is athletic enough to play the position but his overall agility is subpar. He lacks quickness off the snap and plays with heavy feet to match his frame and doesn't change direction well unless engaged. Adequate knee bend and lower body flexibility, along with only measuring in at 6' 2" allow him to gain underneath leverage at the point of attack. Very limited versatility and often relies strictly on his size, weight, and strength to get the job done. He is balance for a big man and carries all 327 pretty well.
Big Play Ability
Movement off L.O.S.
Pull & Block Outside
Adjust in Space
Use of Hands
Typically wins with leverage, inside hand placement, and his size/strength. He lacks the ability to drive due to his inactive slow-moving feet but is still able to dictate the body positioning battle and can turn DT's shoulders opposite of the run lanes to create run lanes. Possesses good pop and explodes out of his stance as a run blocker and packs some power in his hands. Once locked on, he's not letting go and always takes advantage of an opponent's loss of balance by driving them to the dirt. His lack of agility limits him on reach block and pulling assignments but makes up for it with his wide frame as down blocker. Although it was rarely pretty, he can get to the second level and make enough contact to spring open big games. LSU heavy relied on his run blocking talents and ran behind him a ton, especially in goalline situations.
Outside of Auburn's Derrick Brown, Damien Lewis was quite dominant against a very talented group of SEC interior defensive linemen. Even though he has a bad tendency to lock his knees, he does a great job of stopping rushers momentum by getting low, maintaining leverage, and forcing DT's to move all 327 lbs in order to get to the QB. His feet will need to drastically improve but if he can match the upper body power and technique to his lower half, Lewis could surely make a starting lineup in the NFL.
Ability to Combat Inside Move
From his two year stint at a junior college, to his two years at LSU, Lewis has 51 collegiate starts. He never takes a play off but isn't the type to make blocks 10+ yards down field either and conserves energy as best he can, when he can due to his size. His motor is capped because of his big bodied build but the production at the SEC level is undeniable minus facing a top 5-10 talent in Derrick Brown.
Average instincts but reacts quickly to stunts and counter moves. Flaws in technique were not cleaned up from 2018 to 2019 in regards to his footwork and ability to redirect. Did a great job of assisting his center and right tackle when needed.