Quarterback Taylor Martinez #3 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers is tackled by Ronnell Lewis #56 of the Oklahoma Sooners.
With the 59th pick of Pride of Detroit's 2012 NFL mock draft, the Green Bay Packers select Oklahoma linebacker Ronnell Lewis. Gyorick is serving as the Packers' general manager, and his reasoning for the pick is below.
The Packers could use a linebacker to play opposite Clay Matthews as well as a defensive end for the 3-4. I really like the raw ability of Ronnell Lewis. He is far from a sure thing but has the talent and ability to become something great. If anyone can get the production out of Lewis it would be Packers outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene. He has molded Clay Matthews into what he is today and very well could do the same with Ronnell Lewis.
Lewis stands 6-2, 244 lbs. He has decent speed at 4.68 in the 40-yard dash. He is known for bone-jarring hits and his all-out viscous attitude when he gets his hands on the ball carrier. He also has good vision and anticipation to read and react to plays, be it reading the quarterback or making plays in the open field.
We Lions fans understand a LB that plays aggressively (Ernie Sims), as they usually overrun plays or put themselves in a bad position that ends up hurting the team more than helping the team. Lewis needs to harness that intensity and play within the system and let the game come to him. Overall, I think he is good value at this pick and could develop into another great asset for the Packers.
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