After the release of Mike Reilly, undrafted free agent Thaddeus Lewis from Duke is looking to battle Keith Null for a roster spot with the Rams as the 3rd quarterback. Let’s see if we can learn a little bit more about Lewis.
Here is his video from the combine. It is only about 50 seconds long, but you can see his athleticism and his arm.
Here’s a short scouting report from the Draft Countdown forums:
Thaddeus Lewis is a mobile quarterback with an above average arm. He displays the ability to make most throws at the college level except for the deep out. He shows below-average to average pocket presence, but is not hesitant to tuck the ball away and scramble for a couple yards. He does not have blazing speed, but certainly decent speed for a quarterback. He is a bit undersized at 6’2”, but can see over the line fine and is really tough. He really needs work on reading a defense, a number of plays that I saw last year where the defense was clearly blitzing, yet Lewis did not audible out into a play with quicker pass patterns, and he was then sacked. Another area he needs work on his pocket presence. Rarely did I see Lewis step in front of the pressure on the outside. Often, when he is pressured, he will throw off his back foot. He has really improved in this area since David Cutcliffe arrived, but still needs some work.
Lewis didn’t just begin to set the world on fire, he’s been doing it for quite some time in the ACC. The four-year starter has been getting it done since he stepped on the Duke campus, setting school and conference records going all the way back to his freshman campaign. Blessed with a high football IQ and poised demeanor, Thaddeus is one of the more underrated quarterbacks in this year’s draft class.
Four-year starter had his best season for Duke in 2009, throwing for a career-high 3,330 yards, 20 touchdowns and eight interceptions, while also posting a career-best passer rating of 134.5. Possesses above-average speed and ran for nine TDs in his career – four as a senior. Reads defenses well and is calm under heavy pressure, although often holds the ball too long, as he was sacked 119 times in college. A “rhythm” quarterback who can get hot with his passes but is also inconsistent and inaccurate at times. Has shown the ability to check down well to secondary options, although sometimes gambles. Has mobility and is excellent at throwing on the run. Strong arm. Biggest question mark is likely his height, which could be enough of an issue to keep him from being drafted. Clocked in at 4.84 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL combine, sixth best among quarterbacks.
My wrap-up and another video after the jump!
Lewis looks like a good prospect and someone who has been taught how to be a quarterback by an excellent college QB coach. He passed for a lot of yards on a terrible team at a school that very few people even knew had a football team. He is already polished and might be already coached to his ceiling, but would make a solid backup in the future. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Lewis on the Rams practice squad in 2010 or poached by another team for their 3rd QB.