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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Drew Lewis, LB, University of Colorado

Drew Lewis is one of the best linebackers in the draft, he takes amazing angles when tackling the ball carrier and I feel he will be a steal in the draft.

•       Name: Drew Lewis

        •       Height: 6’2

        •       Weight: 230

        •       Position: LB

        •       College: University of Colorado

        •       Twitter: drewlewis20_

Tell us about your hometown, and what you love most about it?

        •        Growing up just 15 min outside of Seattle definitely had its perks. Especially in the summer time Seattle is one of the most scenic cities I’ve ever been to. I’m a big fan of seafood and they have a great selection of that there too. 

List these three in order of importance and why: Film Study, Strength and Conditioning and Practice?

        •        1. Film study  2. Practice  3. Strength+Conditioning. Studying film of yourself, your peers, and your opponents allows for a great room of improvements and growth is one of the most important characteristics an athlete can possess. Practice is where you put together the results of film study, and physical strength comes last because I’ve seen all kinds of players with different skill sets flourish in the same position. 

What do you worry about, and why?

        •        The biggest thing I worry about is my long term future. However, I know that if I work hard in everything I do then there really isn’t a whole lot to worry about. 

Give me an example of when you failed at something. How did you react and how did you overcome failure?

        •        One instance of failure took place in my Art class during high school. I am definitely not the most artistic individual and I had at one point received a non-satisfactory grade on one of my major projects. Rather than complaining to the professor at the time, I reached out to some classmates and asked for assistance on my work, and later asked the professor for some help too. In turn I did much better on the following projects/assignments and found that asking for help is extremely beneficial when you struggle to do something on your own. 

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

        •        My athleticism. Teammates constantly tell me that I have good speed and strength, and that I make certain drills look easy. 

Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?

        •       Myles Gaskin – RB at the University of Washington. He was the most impressive player I’ve played against and I say that because of how difficult it was to tackle him. He used his strength and speed to make players miss and he can be very deceiving. 

What would your career be if you couldn’t play football? 

        •        I would look into either sports broadcasting or PR type of work. I know my social skills are good enough to communicate with companies and corporations all over the country. 

Room, desk, and car – which do you clean first?

        •        1. Room 2. Desk 3. Car. I prefer all my personal spaces to be neat and organized so cleaning all three is important. 

If there was a disaster and you could either save three strangers or one family member, which would you choose and why?

        •        As unfortunate as this situation sounds, I would save one family member because my family is my everything and I couldn’t imagine leaving a family member behind. 

If you could be any television or movie character, who would you be and why?

        •        I’d go with my boy Michael Scofield from Prison Break. He was mad smart and clever enough to get out of any predicament he was in. He even outsmarted the government’s best-trained officials. 

Tell me about your biggest adversity in life and how you’ve dealt with or overcome it?

        •        My biggest adversity in life came from physical injury. I had cracked my patella in my left knee growing up and was forced to go through surgery and extensive rehab. This process taught me a lot about patience and dedication because the rehab process was particular difficult. It made me into a better person and I still reflect to some of the lessons learned to this day. 

What is your most embarrassing moment?

        •        Having to sing in front of my football team/staff during my freshman year of college. It was bad from the jump. 

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

        •        My most memorable moment in college ball was the very first play from scrimmage vs. USC my senior year. I got my first collegiate interception and could feel the energy change on our sidelines after that play. 

What song best describes your work ethic?

        •        I Don’t Get Tired by Kevin Gates. 

What is the most important trait you can have (Physical or Non-Physical) to help you succeed at the next level? 

        •        Adaptability is the most important trait to have because one’s versatility can secure them a football roster for a very long time. Being coachable for certain schemes is imperative for players nowadays. 

If you could bring one person back from the dead for one day, who would it be and why?

        •        Jesus Christ himself – so that he could see how mankind has shaped itself through the years. 

If you were to open a dance club, what would you name it? 

        •        The Jungle because you’d walk in there and have no idea what you’re really getting yourself into. 

Who is the most underrated player in the NFL? 

        •        Budda Baker – he can play coverage or you can put him in the box and he will make plays. 

Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?

        •        I’d rather be respected than liked. My competence and productivity, which is linked with respect, outweigh my beliefs in being friendly in the sport of football. 

What player who had his career derailed by off-field issues do you feel for the most and why?

        •        Deondre Francois is in a very unfortunate situation, and although it is still ongoing, I believe any player who is wrongfully accused of doing something deserves empathy from the folks in charge of his eligibility. 

Do you love to win, or hate to lose?

        •        I love to win. I believe love is stronger than hate and the forces that push me to win are more prevalent than those hating to lose. 

Who has been the biggest influence on your life and explain why?

        •       My father has always been my biggest influence. He showed me the ropes of life at a young age and still guides me to be a great man like himself. I’ve never heard anyone talk down on his name and it blows me away how he has such an impeccable work ethic. He does all this with a smile on his face at the end of every day. 

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 nfldraftdiamonds@gmail.com

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