Undrafted free agent offensive lineman Andrew Lewis — a Joplin, MO native — started his final 37 of 50 games at Oklahoma State and knows he’ll have to be versatile to make the team.
“I was signed as a center but I’ll have the opportunity to play guard (his previous position for the Cowboys),” Lewis said. “They’ll be trying me at different positions.”
Lewis, who turned 23 on Feb. 20, said he will fly to Kansas City on Thursday for a mini-camp.
“I’ll practice on Friday and Saturday and return on Sunday,” Lewis, a two-time all-stater at Joplin, said.
Jesse Wall, his coach at JHS, said Monday he wasn’t surprised that Lewis has received an NFL opportunity.
“Not at all,” Wall, now at Carl Junction High School, said. “Andrew, in high school, was a hard worker and very intelligent. We — our entire coaching staff — agreed that Andrew would be a great player. That was our consensus. He had an outstanding career at Oklahoma State.”
That outstanding career extended into the classroom with Lewis among the Cowboys earning all-academic honors in the Big 12 Conference.
Lewis received his undergraduate degree in business management in December 2008 and tacked on a master’s in health care administration in December 2009.
Lewis said he was called by several NFL teams during and after the draft. The Chiefs, he said, were persistent.
“It (the decision) was down to the wire. Really, I couldn’t ask for anything better with the Chiefs.
“I believe the Chiefs represent my best opportunity to make it,” Lewis said. “Yes, I looked at the depth chart.”
Once you get past the starters — Waters, Wiegmann/Niswanger, Lilja — there are only a few true “locks” for the final roster, but it will still be a tough road for Lewis to make the final roster. Third-round pick Jon Asamoah will be there and after all the work they’ve put in with him, Colin Brown should also have the inside track on a roster spot. Then obviously the “loser” of the Weigmann/Niswanger camp battle will be around for opening day.
At the very least, with his work ethic and intelligence we could see Lewis find his way onto the practice squad.