3. Terrell Lewis, OLB, Alabama
The Los Angeles Rams have already brought in an outside linebacker this offseason to replace Dante Fowler Jr. in Leonard Floyd. While Floyd is a smart one-year signing to replace the hole that Fowler left behind, the team needs to draft an edge rusher than can be with the team for several years instead of rotating through pieces.
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The perfect prospect exists for the Rams to do that in Alabama’s Terrell Lewis. Miller calls Lewis the best 3-4 edge rusher in the draft and ranks him very high as the 20th-ranked prospect in the draft. Not everyone is as high on Lewis as Miller, though, as CBS Sports ranks him 46th.
The big drawback with Lewis is his health. Lewis played four games in 2017, did not play at all in 2018 and played in 10 games in 2019. He has battled various injuries at the collegiate level, which makes his draft stock fall from the mid-first to the early-to-mid second.
Even with the concerns, the Los Angeles Rams would be well off selecting Lewis to be the long-term answer at outside linebacker. Lewis could be a rotational backer, either on the strongside or weakside, in his rookie season as the Rams look to build up his confidence and get him used to NFL speed without throwing him to the wolves.
Then, once Floyd leaves, Lewis would take over and if he translates his ability at Alabama to the professional level, will be a well-above-average edge rusher. He would be even better next to Aaron Donald, who creates matchup headaches for opposing offensive lines.
Lewis will be a great asset in the pass-rush department right away and after a year to learn and grow with the Los Angeles Rams, I really think that he has Pro Bowl potential.