Bears Area Scout Spotted at Vandy

The Chicago Bears have become a graduate school of sorts for Vanderbilt players recently, D.J. Moore being the latest former Commodore to join the mix. And believe it or not, another Vandy prospect is on the radar since a team scout was watching practice in Nashville this week. Who is it? We know ...

The Chicago Bears are looking more like a Vanderbilt football reunion these days with former Commodore standouts Hunter Hillenmeyer, Jay Cutler, Earl Bennett, Chris Williams and D.J. Moore reuniting in the NFL. And now with Vanderbilt getting ready for the 2009 season, it was no surprise to see a representative from the Bears watching practice. The Bears weren't the only team observing the talent at Vanderbilt this week. Scout.com has confirmed that scouts from the Chiefs, 49ers, Colts, Bills, Browns and Ravens were also in attendance.

The Commodores seem out of place in the SEC among the likes of Alabama, Florida, Georgia and LSU, but they've produced some promising prospects over the last five years – most of which are on the Bears roster. Moore was the latest player drafted out of Vanderbilt. Chicago selected him in the fourth round this past April. The player that lined up opposite Moore last year, cornerback Myron Lewis, is the top prospect for Vandy this season.


Lewis projects best as a free safety in the NFL.
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At 6-2 and 205 pounds, Lewis is a physical defender who can line up at cornerback or safety at the next level. He uses his size to his advantage at the line of scrimmage, as he's able to muscle-up the opposition. He has good footwork and smoothly transitions with the receiver throughout his route. He runs well laterally and has the quickness to get downfield to defend the pass against bigger and smaller receivers. He has good awareness and the ball skills to change the momentum of a game. He's not only a good cover corner, but he excels defending against the run. He's tremendous in pursuit and is a reliable blitzer when the defense wants to attack. He has to continue to work on his agility, as he appears a little stiff in coverage. Lewis is a perfect fit at corner in college, but he translates best to playing free safety in the NFL.

Lewis is currently the No. 8-rated cornerback (52nd overall) in Scout.com's 2010 NFL Draft Rankings.

Other prospects at Vanderbilt that scouts are interested in are LB Patrick Benoist, S Ryan Hamilton, DE Broderick Stewart, DT Greg Billinger, OT Thomas Welch and P Brett Upson.


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A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Chris Steuber has provided his analysis of the NFL and NFL Draft prospects on the web and on the radio since 1999. Steuber's features are published across the Scout.com network and on FoxSports.com. If you wish to contact Chris Steuber, email him at: csteuber@scout.com.


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