Oklahoma DC Brent Venables trying to keep Travis Lewis in school

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 04: Linebacker Travis Lewis  of the Oklahoma Sooners makes a fumble recovery against Roy Helu Jr.  of the Nebraska Cornhuskers during the Big 12 Championship at Cowboys Stadium on December 4, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Lewis has a future in the NFL, but he would be wise to return to school

It’s not often that coaches go on the record saying that a certain player needs to stay in school. Typically they give a bland statement along the lines of  ”he needs to do whats best for him and his family.”

So Oklahoma defensive coordinator Brent Venables statement about linebacker Travis Lewis comes as a mild surprise:

He needs to come back and improve himself in a variety of areas, and not go somewhere for a discount.”

While I think Venables should probably not go public with his opinion of Lewis’ future, I can’t argue with his assessment. Lewis is an impressive athlete, but far from a finished product. Another year under Venables could turn him into a 1st-round prospect.

However, this isn’t a great class of linebackers. Lewis may realize that he has an excellent chance to come off the board within the top 50-75 picks and decide that’s good enough for him. He also has a chance to skyrocket up the draft boards over the offseason. He’s an impressive athlete and could be a workout warrior at the combine.

Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in 2011 NFL Draft Comments Off

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