- Patrick Lewis, OC Texas A&M
- 6’1”/311 lbs
- Hometown – Reserve, Louisiana
- 40 yard: 5.28
- 20 yard: 3.04
- 10 yard: 1.84
- Bench: 25
- Vertical: 29
- Broad: 96”
- Shuttle: 4.93
- 3-cone: 8.01
The Packers are in desperate need of center depth; while it seems like the Packers are pretty content to go ahead with Evan Dietrich-Smith as their starting center, they haven’t signed him to a long term deal yet, meaning they still want to see a full year’s worth of play from EDS before fully committing to him. Behind him isn’t much either, outside of Lewis, 1st year player Garth Gerhart is the only other center, although several other players such as Greg Van Roten might also be in the mix .
TFY Draft Insider: Short, squat small-area blocker who plays with tremendous quickness. Fires off the snap and works his hands throughout the play. Keeps his knees bent and shows the ability to adjust. Works well with linemates and effectively quarterbacks the offensive line. Displays a good understanding for the position, quick to the second level, and displays skill blocking in motion.
- A little hesitant at the second level if there’s no one in front of him
- Doesn’t have the quickest feet, seems to have limited flexibility as well
- Has some issues with bulrushes, especially when pass blocking
- Much better run blocker than pass blocker
- Can definitely shotgun snap, can he snap the ball in a pro offense?
- Pro day numbers are pretty underwhelming, especially the bench
Packers rationale: Lewis strikes me as a prototypical camp body. He won’t get a team killed if he’s forced into action, but it’s unlikely that he’ll ever be the preferred starter. His physical limitations of poor foot speed and functional strength are likely to be exposed at the pro level to the point where his good technique can no longer compensate. In particular, with many defenses employing a 3-4 defense with a mammoth 0-technique nose tackle, being able to stop a bull rush as a center is becoming more and more important. Perhaps the biggest indication of his ability to stick on the team or practice squad will be his ability to play guard (especially considering offensive linemen rarely play on special teams); the Packers typically only keep one interior offensive linemen and while playing guard should be easier to play than center in the Packers offense, it isn’t exactly apples to oranges.——————
Thomas Hobbes is a staff writer for Jersey Al’s AllGreenBayPackers.com.