CHICAGO -- Jourdan Lewis is one of the best defensive players in the country. He is a lockdown cornerback. He’s a future high NFL Draft choice. He’s an All-American.
He’s really just that good.
But can he play offense? More specifically, does he want to play wide receiver for Michigan this coming season? Well, according to the All-Big Ten defensive back who broke U-M's single season record with an astounding 20 pass break ups as a junior in 2015, acknowledged "of course" he does, and made that public knowledge at Big Ten Media Days in Chicago on Monday.
“I want to put this out there right now – I want to play offense,” Lewis said to a group of reporters who surrounded his platform.
Though, like all the reporters in attendance, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh hadn’t heard Lewis’ offensive plans either.
“I haven’t told Harbaugh, but me and John (O’Korn) have been working on some stuff,” Lewis said as he laughed. “I have been out there playing 7v7 playing both side of the ball. You know, just not getting rusty. I love having the ball in my hands. I love trying to be out there and making plays, honestly.”
Lewis, who last played receiver in his high schools days at Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech, says his plan is still to return kickoffs this season, as well.
But ultimately, the All-American cornerback says his eye is to get his shot at playing offense, even comparing his offensive skill set to a current NFL All-Pro.
“I think I am a little Antonio Brown, I can run some routes,” said Lewis, who compares to Brown’s stature standing at 5-foot-10. “I think I am a pretty good route runner, quickness, got to catch the ball, though. That’s obvious on the defensive side. It’s kind of easier you can locate the ball as a receiver; you’re seeing the ball in flight the whole way.”
Now Lewis just wants his chance.
“Honestly, whatever I can do to get my hands on that ball – I’m going to do it,” Lewis said.
And he might get his chance this fall. In the meantime, however, Michigan opens its season with Hawaii on Sept. 3