Draft Buzz Interview: catching up with Central Michigan, RB Kobe Lewis
Central Michigan running back Kobe Lewis has been garnering some interest from NFL personnel in 2020. He is a strong runner, with good speed to help him pull away from the defense and has the vision teams covet. With over 1700 all-purpose yards, including 40 receptions and 19 total touchdowns, in his career. Lewis has all the tools of a legit bell-cow back. I spoke with the Georgia native and talked to him about his playing style, as well as, his life outside of football.
“Outside of football, I am a family man. I lean on my people back home to be successful. I think without them, I am just another guy. My family and friends mean everything to me. I am a guy that will work his butt off for his team. I want to make sure my team can lean on me. I think my playing style is aggressive and smart. I have a good football IQ and will never be outworked. I think that is visible when you turn on the film. I want to be the best running back in the nation, so I need to stay focused. It is imperative to study film and my playbook. I am a pretty simple guy, that loves football, family, and friends.”
Before reaching out to the Central Michigan product, I discussed the draft buzz, and his film, with a scouting source.
“I like Kobe, he has many great qualities. The MAC has several players that deserve more love. Lewis is one of those kids because he can play. Lewis is strong, can run through hand tackles, and lower his shoulder if needed. He has deceptive speed and can pull away from defenders. I like his size, he is a solid 215 pounds. He looks the part when you watch the film. What stands out on him is his vision. He can set up blocks well. He has great second level burst and can see the hole before it opens. He doesn’t make a ton of mistakes when blocking and excels in pass block. He has soft hands and can help move the chains as a receiver out the backfield. He can hurt a team if he gets beyond the second level. I like his film a lot.”
Moving forward, I asked Lewis what sets him apart from other running backs in college football?
“Let me start by saying that college football is jam-packed with talented players in 2020. There are several good running backs in the 2021 NFL Draft, but I feel what sets me apart is my work ethic. I know that I will always be the hardest working guy in the room. I take pride in that. I also have a good football IQ. I take pride in being prepared and ready to go. I love this game and understand it takes a lot to be successful. It is not just speed and physicality, you have to have the right mentality as well. You need to be prepared for the game. You have to have it upstairs, or you will be overlooked. So I think that sets me apart from a lot of players. That will help me when I am ready to go into the draft and all that. There are a ton of good players, but I know I can be a great one! I just have to keep working on it all.”
I ask you to put on the film and decide for yourself. The draft buzz on Central Michigan’s running back Kobe Lewis is pretty consistent. He is a guy that has all the tools to be a real difference maker at the next level. He has all the tools to be a bell-cow back. I think given the right opportunity, he will be a name we hear a lot.