Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Oregon's Lewis to enter NFL draft early
By ESPN.com staff
There's a surprise name on the NFL's final list of 56 college players who have been granted early eligibility for this spring's NFL draft: Oregon safety Javes Lewis.
Lewis becomes the 11th Pac-12 player to enter the draft early.
The redshirt junior who started 12 games in 2009 was the backup free safety behind John Boyett this season; his one start came in the third game of the season against Portland State. He finished 17th on the team with 25 total tackles. He also had an interception and a forced fumble. He had three tackles in the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game against Auburn.
Lewis did cause the fumble in the Stanford game that turned a 31-31 tie into Ducks romp, which ended up ranking as the season's third biggest moment on the Pac-10 blog.
Both the Ducks' starting safeties -- Boyett, a true junior, and senior Eddie Pleasant -- are returning for 2011, but losing Lewis means an experienced backup won't be around.
Here's a final list of the Pac-12 players entering the draft early.
Shane Vereen, RB, California
Lawrence Guy, DT, Arizona State
Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Oregon State
Thomas Keiser, DE, Stanford
Akeem Ayers, LB, UCLA
Rahim Moore, FS, UCLA
Jurrell Casey, DT, USC
Tyron Smith, OT, USC
Brandon Burton, CB, Utah
Sealver Siliga, DT, Utah
Javes Lewis, DB, Oregon