NFL Draft: OU linebacker Travis Lewis chosen in seventh round by Lions

Broken toe, subpar senior season are reasons why Lewis slid to the final round. He will join outside linebacker Ronnell Lewis, who chosen in the fourth round by Detroit.
by Michael Baldwin Published: April 28, 2012
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In a conference call with the Detroit media, Lewis was asked if he has a chip on his shoulder.

“Absolutely there’s a chip,” Lewis said. “All I can think about is I have two weeks to get into the best shape of my life and show up at mini-camp ready to roll.”

Other OU selections on Saturday included:

* Defensive end Frank Alexander (Carolina, fourth round, 103rd overall pick).

* Outside linebacker Ronnell Lewis (Detroit, fourth round, 125th overall pick).

* Tight end James Hanna (Dallas, sixth round, 186th overall pick).

One of Lewis' teammates in Detroit will be Ronnell “The Hammer” Lewis. He played the past two years at defensive end but is expected to move to outside linebacker. Slipping to the fourth round, lower than expected, Lewis could specialize as a pass rusher and special teams standout.

Alexander, the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, isn't as explosive as defensive ends taken earlier in the draft, but he's big and strong. And he might have enough speed to occasionally play linebacker in nickel packages.

Hanna has good speed for a tight end and tested well at the NFL Combine. Hanna must read coverages better and be more physical in one-on-one battles. But Hanna has the ability to stretch the field.


by Michael Baldwin
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Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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