The MAC is a conference that doesn’t get nearly enough attention as it should and as a result, Bowling Green Falcons wide receiver Roger Lewis is flying under the NFL Draft radar.
Tony Pauline of Draft Insider recently did a piece on certain risers and sliders in the draft and listed Lewis as its sleeper pick.
“One of the best receiver prospects no one pays attention to resides in Bowling Green. The past two years Lewis has combined for 149 receptions, 2494 receiving yards (16.7 yard average) and 21 TD’s. He has the speed to stretch defenses vertically and the receiving skills to make the underneath receptions with regularity. The true sophomore is draft eligible as he spent a year in prep school after high school graduation and offers enormous potential but also a checkered past which he must answer for.”
Lewis can definitely play and has proven to be a player who can be both a deep threat and strong route-runner, and it also helps that another MAC receiver in Western Michigan’s Daniel Braverman has also been drumming up some draft buzz. But off-field issues are a concern, and Lewis must be ready to explain his.
When he was in high school, Lewis was charged with two counts of rape and though he was acquitted on the first charge, he copped a plea on the second and pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in lieu of jail time. Given how the NFL has taken a strong stance on violence against women, he will have to perform well at the NFL Scouting Combine as well as ace his interviews if he does opt to turn pro.
But that doesn’t take away from one truth: Lewis can play, and well.
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