Welcome to the eighth and final installment in our 2016 NFL Draft Rutgers profile series. This week, we have been taking a closer look at each of the draft-eligible Rutgers players, for the sole reason that the New England Patriots are so keen on the Rutgers pipeline. Today, we’re examining former Rutgers linebacker Kaiwan Lewis.
Here’s Lewis putting in work at Rutgers’ pro day:
A transfer from South Carolina, Lewis started all 12 games for Rutgers at middle linebacker. He ranked third on the team with 69 tackles and second with a pair of interceptions.
Lewis raised eyebrows with a 13-tackle performance against Nebraska in November, and his interceptions camea against Kansas and Wisconsin.
The Patriots may be less keen on Lewis than Rutgers’ other linebackers Longa and Gause because he only spent one year with the program. It seems like the Patriots are interested in Rutgers players because of the program’s philosophy, which players are groomed in from the moment they step foot in the building as freshman; seeing as how Lewis only spent one year with the program, he may not be all that high on the Patriots’ list.
Well, that does it for our 2016 NFL Draft Rutgers profile series here on Musket Fire. We hope you’ve enjoyed the series, and who knows, maybe one of these players will end up on the Patriots in 2016.