2014 Class Positional Impact: Linebackers

Today we continue our position-by-position look at how the players in the 2014 class will impact each position, where they fit into the depth as well as how they will effect things this fall and in the future. In this article we look at the impact of the one linebacker that signed with the Dawgs on February 5th...

Who Signed

Drew Lewis (Eastlake High School - Sammamish, Wa.)


Background

The old staff were after several linebackers, but the current staff preferred just to sign one and that player was Lewis who was committed before the old staff left and, even though he opened things up, wound up sticking around after the new staff re-affirmed his offer and he came on his official visit.

He was courted by Arizona State which did offer him and USC where his position coach and recruiter at Washington (Peter Sirmon) eventually wound up. However, the pull to stay close to his family and his friends as well as prospect of playing for the new Husky coaching staff was too much to overcome.


Scouting/Film Study

Lewis is a very long and athletic player. He uses his hands really well to fend off blockers and he's got good instincts.

Where he will struggle is playing closer to the line.

Lewis played in the secondary for Eastlake most of his career, but he did wander down into the box at times. He does play a physical game, but he has been more of an arm-tackler rather than a body-tackler. That will need to change once he starts playing linebacker.

He is very athletic and he's got the frame to easily at 15 to 20 pounds by the time he sees the field.


Depth Chart/The Future

Lewis' main contributions early in his career, after a likely redshirt this fall, will be on special teams.

As far as the linebacker rotation is concerned, the Huskies brought in four highly thought of players in 2014 (Connor O'Brien, Sean Constantine, Azeem Victor and Keishawn Bierria) so Lewis will be right behind them in the depth starting in 2015.

The 2015 season will see Travis Feeney, Scott Lawyer, Cory Littleton (yes we know he lines up at defensive end too) and Shaquille Thompson entering their senior seasons, so the depth chart should really open up in 2016 which will give Lewis three years to challenge for serious playing time.

It's expected that he will wind up playing the SAM position, currently occupied by Feeney and backed up by O'Brien and Bierria although the new staff have yet to figure out where everyone fits best so the depth chart is definitely very fluid.

As noted earlier, expect Lewis to see the field initially as a special teamer in 2015 and then to slowly work his way into the rotation at outside linebacker (likely the SAM spot) in 2016.


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