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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Andrew Lewis, OL, Virginia Military Institute

Andrew Lewis is a monster with an NFL frame. This kid is intriguing on film

NFL Draft Diamonds has been providing our readers Prospect Interviews over the past 3 years and this year we mixed things up a bit. Our questions are designed to give our readers a little more insight on the draft eligible player. We hope to bring you more than 350 interviews of NFL Draft Prospects this season. You will be able to track them all on the front page of our website in the banner to the right.  Now let’s meet our next prospect!!!!

What is your name? 

Andrew Lewis

What is your Height/Weight? 

6’5″ 270-275

What is your position? 

Offensive Tackle (Left)

Where do you play college football? 

Virginia Military Institute (VMI)

Football is about giving back, what is the coolest thing you have done off the field? 

I am a part of this organization where we go to this retirement home and serve them lunch/dinner on certain holidays. It was cool to do that because I would talk some of the elderly people there and it was cool to hear their wisdom.

What was the hardest college class you ever had to take?

My hardest class that I’ve taken was Comparative Vertebrate Morphology.

Where are you from? 

I am from Snellville, GA.

Who is your role model, and why? 

My role model is my dad because he has taught and continues to teach me about life and helps me rely on my faith in God to guide me.

Did you play any other sports growing up? 

Besides football, I played basketball in high school.

Did you play any other positions in football? 

In high school, I played Tight End. I got converted into an offensive lineman when I was a junior at VMI.

At your position, what separates you from others? 

Since I played Tight End for a  majority of my football career, I have good footwork and athleticism for an offensive lineman.

When you are breaking down film, what do you look for?

When I break down film, I tend to look at the defense’s alignment. I look out at the outside linebacker to see if he is on the line of scrimmage or if he is covering someone; then I would look at the defensive end to see how he is aligned look at his tendencies when he is in a certain alignment. Also, I would look at the interior linebackers because they can give away where the defensive end might stunt.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced? 

The toughest player that I have faced was Keionta Davis from University of Tennessee Chattanooga.

If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be and why? 

I think I would compare my game to Tyron Smith because we are both pretty athletic at that left tackle position. He has great footwork and he has a great punch too. I have a pretty good punch at the point of contact and my footwork is good as well.

What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it? 

The biggest obstacle that I have overcame is probably completing the ratline my freshman year here at VMI. The ratline is a 6 month “boot camp” type of training that VMI is traditionally known for. It really challenged me physically, mentally, and emotionally. It was also challenging because while going through this “boot camp,” I had to balance the rigorous academics and football priorities here as well. I overcame the ratline by keeping my faith in God that He would get me through it and also the support from my family and friends. 

Do you have any pre-game rituals? 

I do not have any specific pre-game ritual that I do in particular.

What is your biggest strength? 

My biggest strength is that I have a great work ethic and I will not give up from any challenge. The ratline definitely taught me that.

What is your biggest weakness? 

My biggest weakness is probably my strength right now. I’m decently strong right now, but I could be a lot stronger than I am now

If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say? 

 If I were to sell myself to a GM, I would say that I am a hard working person with a great work ethic. You could count on me to stay out of trouble and do the right thing in an situation that cross my path. I will do my best to compete with the best and to be the best

Who was your favorite player and/or NFL team growing up? 

My favorite player is Ray Lewis and I’ve been a Baltimore Ravens fan because of him. I love his drive and love of the game to be the best

If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would you choose? 

If I could have dinner with three people, I would choose Ray Lewis, Barack Obama, and Will Smith

What will be the first big item you buy once you are in the NFL?

The first big thing I would buy is probably another house for my parents and sisters

NFL Draft Diamonds was created to assist the underdogs playing the sport. We call them diamonds in the rough. My name is Damond Talbot, I have worked extremely hard to help hundreds of small school players over the past several years, and will continue my mission. We have several contributors on this site, and if they contribute their name and contact will be in the piece above. You can email me at [email protected]

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