We continue to look at the 2010 Buccaneer draft picks, next on the list is cornerback Myron Lewis. Lewis was selected with the 3rd pick in the 3rd round, 67th overall out of Vanderbilt. At 6’2″ and 203 lbs., he hopes to make an immediate impact on the field this season and chances are, he will.
Lewis is strong and a physical corner that totaled 4 interceptions last season, along with 41 tackles (his numbers used to be higher, but defenses in the SEC learned not to throw to his side, smart move). He started in 36 games for Vanderbilt as well. Lewis also played some time at the safety position in his early Vanderbilt career, using his size advantage and physical talent to dominate the secondary. Lewis joins a Bucs secondary that was one of the worst last season, giving up 28 passing touchdowns, even with Barber and Talib roaming the secondary.
Lewis could be the future corner to take over for the aging Barber who may be coming to the end of his career. Lewis can also play safety as well (Bucs have not a solid starting safety in quite some time it seems). He will provide depth for the Bucs coaches and brings a strong physical style of play with him, something the young Bucs defense will need this year. He has good speed, able to match up with any receiver or coming off the corner to rush the quarterback. He is also a sure tackler, using his size to wrap anyone.
So what is expected of Lewis this year, the answer, no one is really sure yet. Will he play, yes. Will he start, no. Will he put up big numbers, probably not. The Bucs have two starting corners right now and depth at safety, so Lewis probably won’t start this year. But he will see the field, both at corner and safety. He may even play some on special teams because of his speed and size. Lewis will be a player that may not have the big stats, but will be key not only for this upcoming season, but for the future of the Bucs defense.
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