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Buffaloes LB Drew Lewis signs with Houston Texans as undrafted free agent

The senior LB could be a special teams star immediately.

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Drew Lewis wasn’t selected in 2019 NFL Draft, but he is still in a great position to earn a role in the NFL after signing with the Houston Texans.

Lewis is a freak athlete who should be able to contribute immediately with his speed and versatility. He’s likely going to be a special teamer early on in his career, but he has a ton of untapped talent left. He was an inside linebacker at Colorado and is a proven side-to-side playmaker with pass rushing ability, although his lack of discipline and consistency is likely why he was undrafted.

Houston plays a 3-4 defensive scheme with two inside linebackers. Their two interior linebackers, Benardrick McKinney and Zach Cunningham, are both promising players who will only improve in the coming season. They don’t have much depth behind them, however, so it’s certainly possible for Lewis to carve out a role as a backup. He could develop into starter-quality in the interim while contributing on special teams and as a depth piece.

Considering what Drew Lewis has fought through in his college career, it’s great news that he has officially signed with an NFL team. It’s also nice to see him on a team with Javier Edwards, who just signed as a UDFA.