Positive: Nice-sized blocker who has flashed ability since his sophomore season. Stays square, shows strength at the point of attack and controls defenders once engaged in a block. Sets with a wide base, flashes athleticism and has better-than-average skills getting out to the second level to take on linebackers. Blocks with a nasty attitude and keeps his head on a swivel.
Negative: Must improve his blocking balance. Late getting his hands into opponents at times. Shows stiffness . Has been inconsistent throughout his college career.
Analysis: After a terrific sophomore season of 2008, Lewis had scouts excited before his game leveled off. He possesses the size and versatility to be a backup at a number of offensive line positions in the NFL if he consistently plays at a high level."
2009: Lewis started 8 games at offensive guard (San Jose State, Oregon State, Oregon, Arizona State, Stanford, UCLA at left guard and Arizona and Boston College at right guard) as a junior in 2009. He also worked some at tackle again. He appeared in all 13 games in 2009, including on special teams. He made 2009 All-Pac-10 honorable mention.
2008: Lewis started USC's first 5 games (Virginia, Ohio State, Oregon State, Oregon, Arizona State) at right offensive tackle as a sophomore in 2008, missed the next game (Washington State) because he was sick, then was the backup in the next 5 contests (Arizona, Washington, California, Stanford, Notre Dame) before returning to the starting lineup versus UCLA and Penn State. He also appeared on special teams. He had arthroscopic surgery on his ankle prior to 2008 spring practice and was limited in spring drills.
2007: Lewis was a key backup offensive tackle and played on special teams as a redshirt freshman in 2007. He appeared in 10 games (all but Idaho, Washington and Stanford) and even started 3 mid-season games (Notre Dame, Oregon State and California). He was named to the 2007 The Sporting News Freshman All-American second team, Collegefootballnews.com Freshman All-American honorable mention and The Sporting News Pac-10 All-Freshman first team. He sprained his ankle prior to the Washington game and was sidelined for 2 games (Washington and Stanford).
2006: Lewis redshirted as a freshman offensive tackle in 2006, his first year at USC. He was switched to offense in 2006 fall camp after coming to USC as a defensive tackle.
HIGH SCHOOL: He was a 2005 Parade All-American, Super Prep Elite 50, Prep Star Dream Team, ESPN 150, Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, USA Today All-USA second team, EA Sports All-American second team, Super Prep All-Midlands, Prep Star All-Midlands, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100, All-State and All-Conference selection as a senior defensive and offensive lineman at Regis Jesuit High in Aurora (Colo.). He had 65 tackles and 7 sacks in 2005.
As a junior in 2004, he made All-State second team while getting 10 sacks. He was a 3-year varsity starter in football. He also played basketball at Regis Jesuit, averaging 15 points a game.
PERSONAL: He's a public policy, management and planning major at USC. His real first name is Wendell.
WHAT OTHERS SAY: USC head coach Lane Kiffin: "But is very unique in that not only has he played guard and tackle, but he's played on both sides. He's a guy who you can move around and who understands the system really well."
Strengths: A mauler at the POA, Lewis has good strength to move defenders off the LOS. Delivers a strong punch in the running game to shock defenders, and has the strength to drive defenders to the ground. Can release to the second level and can deliver explosive blocks there.
Weaknesses: Below average initial quickness off the snap. Lacks the lateral mobility to reach shaded defensive tackles and is inconsistent as a puller and trapper in securing blocks. Does not redirect well on the second level to secure blocks. Can't be trusted on an island in pass pro with his slow punch and below average feet.