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 Kansas City Chiefs, San Francisco 49ers, Indianapolis Colts, Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns and Baltimore 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; the Bears selected him in the fourth round this past April. The player that lined up along side of Moore last year, cornerback Myron Lewis, is the top prospect for Vandy this season.
At 6-foot-2, 205 pounds, Lewis is a physical defender who can lineup 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.Patrick Benoist, SS Ryan Hamilton, DE Broderick Stewart, DT Greg Billinger, OT Thomas Welch and P Brett Upson.
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