NORMAN — Travis Lewis isn't sure where he'll get picked in this week's NFL Draft; he's just excited about the process.
Lewis (6-foot-2, 227 pounds), who recorded 445 tackles and nine interceptions over his four-year career at Oklahoma, said he's hearing he could be picked anywhere from the second to the fifth round.
Lewis recently was named an ambassador for the National Sports Leagues of America, which aims to help athletes who have sustained serious injuries on the playing field. The program, launched this year and based out of California, is funded through donations.
Lewis, who was at OU's spring game on April 14, spoke with The Oklahoman about his NFL Draft status, the OU spring game and his efforts to help the NSLA.
What are you hearing about your draft status, and what teams have expressed interest?
“New Orleans has been interested; Detroit's been interested — I've worked out for them. The Eagles and San Francisco have also been interested.
“As far as my stock and where I'll go, I don't know. I'm just excited about the whole process. It's not about where you get drafted; it's about what happens after you get drafted.”
Did you grow up a fan of any team, and is there a team you'd like to play for?
“I grew up in Texas, so I'm a big Dallas Cowboys fan. But as far as favoritism, there is none. I just want to get a job and be able to realize my dream of playing at the next level. I get to work out, eat right and play football for a living now; it's gonna be a dream come true no matter what.”
What do NFL scouts say they like about you?
“My body size. Everybody knows I love to work out, and I showed up at pro day in great shape. They said I was as lean as they've ever seen. They've really liked my work ethic, the way I've moved in my position drills and they way I've carried myself in general. Teams are speaking pretty highly of me.”