Tyquan Lewis Selected By Indianapolis Colts With The No. 64 Overall Pick In The 2018 NFL Draft

By Dan Hope on April 27, 2018 at 9:15 pm
Tyquan Lewis

It looked like the second round of the 2018 NFL draft would come and go without an Ohio State player being selected.

The Indianapolis Colts kept that from happening, however, by trading up with the Cleveland Browns to the final pick of the second round, No. 64 overall, to select Ohio State defensive end Tyquan Lewis. 

Our James Grega was in Tarboro, N.C. at Lewis' draft party to capture the emotion as the two-time Ohio State captain heard his name called.

Lewis is the second Ohio State defensive end to be drafted in the first two rounds in a three-year span, joining Joey Bosa, who was the No. 3 overall pick by the Los Angeles Chargers in the 2016 NFL Draft. 

After being selected, Lewis talked to Grega about it what to meant to be drafted, describing it as "a relief."

Lewis is the second Buckeye to be drafted by the Colts in as many years, joining Malik Hooker, who the Colts drafted with the No. 15 overall pick in last year's draft. In total, the Colts now have five former Ohio State players on their roster, also including offensive lineman Jack Mewhort and linebackers John Simon and Joshua Perry.

The 2016 Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year, Lewis was a two-time captain at Ohio State and a three-year regular in the Buckeyes' defensive end rotation, accumulating 36.5 career tackles for loss and 23.5 career sacks. 

Lewis was one of two defensive ends selected in the second round by the Colts on Friday night, along with the No. 51 overall pick, Kemoko Turay from Rutgers. Both defensive ends project to play rotational roles on the edge of the Colts' defensive line, with Lewis also offering the ability to kick inside to defensive tackle in pass-rushing situations.

Lewis was the third Buckeye to be selected in this year's draft, following first-round picks Denzel Ward and Billy Price. Lewis was the first of three Buckeyes to be selected on Friday, followed by third-round picks Jerome Baker and Sam Hubbard, bringing Ohio State's total to five selections in the first 100 picks.

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