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Patriots Hold Pre-Draft Visit With OU's Ronnell Lewis

For those hoping the Patriots add some pass rush help in next month's draft, here's another name to keep an eye on: According to John E. Hoover Tulsa World, the Patriots are scheduled to hold a pre-draft visit with Oklahoma defensive end / outside linebacker Ronnell Lewis.

Lewis is an athletic pass rusher who still is a bit raw. At Oklahoma, he played all over the place. From inside linebacker, to outside linebacker, to defensive end (even 5-tech over the tackle!). While his pass rush production was never terrific (career high 5.5 sacks his junior year) his fluidity and closing speed as an athlete (4.65), combined with his non-stop motor means that he has really high potential.

At 6'2" and 255 lbs, Lewis is a tad undersized for the Patriots' 3-4 OLB position, although he plays stronger than his size indicates. If he can develop his pass rush repertoire a little more, he could turn into a really good player and threat off the edge. In my opinion, Lewis is a high-risk, high-reward type of player. He could certainly be an intriguing pick near the end of the second round.

If you're interested in learning more about Lewis, Wes Bunting of the National Football Post has a great scouting report on him.