Every year, NFL franchises find NFL talent at the FCS level. Players like Jimmy Garoppolo, Cooper Kupp, and Carson Wentz have had huge impacts at the NFL level. There are talented players to be found in the FCS on a yearly basis. This year, one of those players is Kamron Lewis.
Kamron Lewis is a 6'4, 194 pound wide receiver out of Saint Francis University. He has been productive throughout his collegiate career. In 6 games as a freshman, he recorded 11 catches for 107 yards and returned 2 punts for 66 yards. As a sophomore in 2016, Lewis broke out in a big way over 12 games with 75 catches for 1478 yards and 11 TDs, with 8 100+ receiving yard games and an average of 123.2 yards per game. As a junior in 10 games, he logged 65 catches for 909 yards and 6 touchdowns with 3 100+ receiving yard games. The kid can play, and with a big senior season, he will be squarely on the radar of all 32 NFL teams. He is already a legitimate NFL prospect; now it is just a matter of where he will be drafted.
On film, Lewis has solid hands and outstanding footwork that makes defenders miss, helping him to rack up yards after the catch. Has a solid vertical range as well, which gives him the potential to be a dangerous weapon on balls in the air; should be solid on jump balls and 50-50 catches in the NFL. Is capable of one-handed catches and has the speed to generate separation from defenders, especially in the open field. Does not bobble catches, and instead quickly secures the ball in his hands. Also not afraid to stretch himself out to make plays and pick up extra yardage. Will stretch for the goal line rather than going out of bounds. Also a capable but not elite return man. His versatility will give him the ability to secure a spot on an NFL roster as both a depth receiver and a special teams weapon at the next level. Regressed slightly statistically in his junior season after a sophomore campaign, but this did not come with a noticeable decline in his level of play; more likely a result of being gameplanned against by opposing defensive coordinators following a year of production on tape. If Lewis shows that he can rebound as a senior, then he should be viewed by a viable NFL prospect by teams and will likely be a day three pick. NFL Draft Scouts has him ranked as their 31st overall receiver in the 2018 draft, and if he can put together a dominant senior campaign he will quickly climb draft boards.
Lewis is already a decorated collegiate player. He was named NEC Co-Offensive Player of the Week on 11/10/2016 after a game in which he recorded 10 catches for 184 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns. Was also named the 2016 NEC Offensive Player of the Year (Coaches) while leading the NEC in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns in the 2016 regular season. Also was named to the 2016 All-Northeast Conference First Team (Coaches). Former teammate Lorenzo Jerome, who made the NFL, views Lewis as an NFL-caliber talent as well, which bodes well for his future as a player. His level of play as a senior will play a key role in deciding where Lewis falls in the NFL.
Ultimately, Kamron Lewis is a guy who will catch on with an NFL franchise due to his ability as a receiver and potential utility on special teams. Will likely start slow in the NFL as he adjusts to the league, but has the work ethic and competitive nature to stick with a franchise as he grows. Enjoys the grind of the sport especially offseason work, and will step up to compete against any cornerback who he lines up against. Favorite NFL player is Jarvis Landry, a player who he attempts to style his game after. Ultimately has the talent to emerge as a Landry-type of player at the NFL level, someone who will be consistently productive and work hard for every yard. Lewis isn't a highlight-driven prospect but rather a player who will work hard on every single snap to fight for wins. Not a guy that takes plays off. Is not the top receiver prospect in the FCS, but is a legitimate NFL-caliber prospect. Teams will like his experience returning punts and kicks as well; while he may not be a starting returner at the NFL level, he provides depth at the position while being capable of earning a roster spot based on his ability as a receiver. Floor as a player is a depth-bench type of receiver who contributes on special teams and as an injury fill-in. Ceiling is that of a Jarvis Landry-type of player, a guy who goes out there every week and gets it done with a consistently high level of production. Needs to show that he can compete consistently against NFL-caliber talent, but that will come with events such as the Senior Bowl and Shrine Game and in the preseason. Not a surefire #1 receiver, but would be an asset to most NFL WR units.
To me, Kamron Lewis is a day three pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. He is the type of player who will be overlooked due to level of competition concerns but has the talent to outplay his draft position. Late in the draft, this is the type of prospect who is well worth a look by NFL front offices. Will likely be passed on for less-talented receivers from bigger-named programs but will turn heads in camp. He has flashed the talent to make it in the NFL. Now he simply needs to show that his dominant 2016 season was not an anomaly. If he can put together another dominant campaign in 2018, then some NFL front offices will fall in love with him. One thing is certain; Kamron Lewis is an FCS wide receiver who needs to be on the radar of scouts and GMs heading into 2018.--Mike B., Matt and Mike Sports. Mattandmikesportsmike@gmail.com
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