Lions take OLB Ronnell Lewis with the 125th-overall selection

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on April 28, 2012 – 1:34 pm

Detroit traded out of the 117th-overall pick to move down eight spots (125) and pick up a sixth-round (196) selection from the San Francisco 49ers.

With that fourth-round selection, the Lions selected DE/LB Ronnell Lewis out of Oklahoma.

Lewis, at 6-1 and 253 pounds, was projected as a 3-4 outside linebacker, but could also play defensive end in a 4-3 scheme.

Said Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops care of SoonerSports.com: “Ronnell is one of (those) athletes that comes along somewhat infrequently. He is a great combination of size, speed and strength that will translate well to the NFL. As a defensive end, he was impressive as a speed rusher, but also overpowered blockers at time. It wasn’t unusual to see him up the field disrupting opposing offenses. He also was an outstanding special teams player, particularly on kickoff coverage. Ronnell is versatile and could have played one more year of college ball so his upside could be substantial.”

Remaining picks for the Lions:

Round 5, Pick 23 (158)
Round 6, Pick 26 (196)
Round 7, Pick 12 (219)
Round 7, Pick 23 (230)


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17 Responses to “Lions take OLB Ronnell Lewis with the 125th-overall selection”

  1. By eric on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Great picks come december fans will be sayin how good these picks were..GO LIONS…lookin for a huge year…

  2. By Sooner Sandman on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Lions fans are going to like this guy, what a combination with Suh as far as being vicious! Enjoy

  3. By Sooner Sandman on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    His nickname is “The Hammer”

  4. By ahhyeah on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Lewis is good value for this late in the draft.

  5. By JonW on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Hey, you guys got “the Hammer” and Ryan Broyles!

    Sooner fans congratulate you on your acquisitions.

    Hope they both last longer than Billy Sims did. That “turf toe” was a snag from the start, but Ryan’s recovery from that ACL is ahead of schedule, and he is going to be his old self soon.

    Don’t worry about his impact. That guy’s got the instincts of Bilitnekoff and the athleticism of Michael Jordan. And in the slot, he’ll demand coverage by the defense.

    He may not break away for spectacular 100 yard runs, but the guy moves the sticks and makes the most out of every yard. If defenders aren’t right on top of him, he’ll use a one or two yard cushion to rip off 10 or more yards before they can close in on him.

    He’ll really frustrate defenses, and draw coverage away from your stars. Just watch Calvin Johnson’s numbers go up now when Ryan’s in the slot.

    Lewis is a great addition too. This guy hits like a a bullet train. He gets around the end like a tornado and is lock down on special teams.

    There will be a disproportionate number of Broyles Lions jerseys selling in Oklahoma now. We love our grads.

    Don’t fret the Broyles pick. There’s a reason he is the NCAA’s all time leading reciever, and it is not all because of swing passes and “system” quarterbacks.

    He’ll make NFL secondaries break a sweat covering him, and as I said, drives stay alive when Ryan catches passes. And he drops VERY few.

  6. By KJ on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Excellent pick here. Not so sure about Whitehead who came after as I have never seen him play, but Ronnell Lewis is a perfect example of why best available guy that fills a need makes sense.

  7. By Bartman on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Two Sooners in Detroit…guess I’m a Lions fan! Great pics! Lewis and Broyles are animals! Great work ethic! Congrats Lions!

  8. By montae75 on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    To be honest oklahoma always had decent defensive players comin out, kind of like alabama when it comes to linebackers, DE, DB’s good pick for the lions.

  9. By LA Lite on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Drafting potential is only good if you have the luxury of having them play special teams for there career. We don’t have the depth or luxury of that yet so how good are our LB/DE picks really? Hope is a fragile word nowadays with this draft. lol I know we are going to be competetive reguardless so i’m cool with anything but i’m a fan not a GM. If I were a GM making these picks one might tend to be walking on thin ice with the reaches this draft has brought so far. GO LIONS!!!!!!!!

  10. By Brenda Bible on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    You couldn’t have picked a better player… Been watching RONNELL LEWIS play all his life awesome player.. Make Dewar proud Ronnell

  11. By detroitlionsnfl on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    I like the pick, you can never have too many players who can have an immediate impact on special teams, plus this kid has nice upside. KVB is getting up in age and we need to groom some young guys to take over when the time comes.

    I can see the Lions making some trades before the season and bringing in some more help for the secondary.

  12. By rockbo1955 on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    These picks have been eactly what they were looking for they tried to trade up in first and the second and the price was to much in picks to move up so they didnt and they did the right thing! stuck to there best player and drafted from there the wide reciever was a very smart pick he would gone on the fisrt day and he is a good reciever the lions doctor check this guy out or they wouldnt have drafted him and other teams were hopng to pick up on day three but knew what he had and got a first one pick in the second round good deal by anybodys standard! GO LIONS!

  13. By lionnuts on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    I HAVE TO ADMIT I WAS UPSET ON FRIDAY. WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DAY MAKES. NOW THIS IS WHAT I THINK WE ALL WERE TALKING ABOUT. GET SOME HELP ON DEFENSE! GO LIONS!

  14. By dtlfan on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    You pick the best talent avilable when you have no pressing needs. The lions needed to pick the best talent available on defense with their top picks and failed to do this. Their defensive picks are all second tier in my opinion. Not happy with this draft. Could have been better.

  15. By Brenda Bible on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Congrats SOONERS now Detroit Lions

  16. By Don on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    I just Watched that Clip and a few Others and “WOW” it’s hammer time in the “D”!
    This Dude Is a “BEAST” ! Oh Man did this Make My day!
    And the WR Ryan Broyles! I did’nt know how good this Dude was? Shame on Me.
    I am Very Happy with this draft! It’s gettin better all the Time!
    GO LIONS!

  17. By Detroit Lions #1 on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    This guy is nicknamed THE HAMMER for a reason! He has amazing potential to turn into a really good player for us. Special teams couuld definitely use the boost and his longterm potential is exciting!

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