Ronnell Lewis: No pressure at NFL combine

March, 28, 2012
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It’s been a long journey for Ronnell Lewis. In the span of five years, the former Oklahoma defensive end has progressed from eight-man football in Dewar, Okla., to being an early-entry NFL draft prospect.

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AP Photo/Michael ConroyRonnell Lewis has been projected to go as high as the second round in next month's NFL draft.
Needless to say, the NFL combine was an eye-popping experience for the small-town NFL hopeful.

“When I walked in the stadium it was crazy,” Lewis said. “I was like, ‘I’m on this turf, about to do my thing [at the combine].’ I had to bring my 'A' game, show up, show out and I felt like I did that.”

Many players let the realization of “the biggest job interview of their lives,” as the combine is often called, become a burden. Not Lewis.

“I lot of guys were stressed out,” Lewis said. “Like ‘I should have done this, should have done that,’ but I was like ‘Man, y’all are complaining but you probably didn’t even have to be here.' I was calling my family back home and telling them it’s crazy and amazing being around these NFL coaches and getting to meet all the different athletes that were there. It was a great feeling.

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

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