Draft Profile: Jourdan Lewis - Michigan
Meet Jourdan Lewis
The Dallas Cowboys selected Jourdan Lewis with their third round (No. 92 overall) selection on Friday night. Find out more about him below:
Height, Weight: 5’10 188 lbs
Rankings: Lewis was ranked by CBSSports as the 65th overall prospect and the number 10 cornerback in the 2017 draft.
The skinny: Lewis is a tad undersized for his position at 188 pounds, but he has tremendous ball skills, and has great quickness and instincts at his position to make up for it. If not for a domestic violence issue back in march, Lewis would have been in the discussion as a late first/early second round selection.
What Cowboys are getting: As a player, the Cowboys are getting arguably the best nickel corner in the entire draft. He thrives in coverage, particularly in the slot, and sticks on his man in coverage well. His balance and instincts and coverage are elite, and is extremely aggressive when attacking the ball in the air.
In three years as a starter at Michigan Lewis had 118 total tackles 7 tackles or loss, 42 passes defended, and six interceptions. He also allowed just two touchdowns to opposing recievers over that time frame. He should be able to come into the fold almost immediately and make a significant impact from a coverage standpoint.
Where he might have a tough time in the NFL is defending the run, mostly due to his smaller size. But Lewis is aggressive, and is not afraid to put his head down and make a tackle. If he can make some improvements in the strength department, it would allow his game to elevate to another level.
Despite that size issue though, the prevailing thought is that Lewis should be able to handle an outside cover corner role, should the Cowboys put him in one of those spots.
One other risk surrounding Lewis is his recent domestic violence incident, in which he was accused of grabbing his then-girlfriend by the neck. He was charged with one count of misdemeanor domestic violence, and a jury trial is scheduled for this July.
'I think all charges will be dropped,' says Lewis. "I am completely innocent.''
Obviously, involvement this sort of issue is inexcusable, and hopefully Lewis has learned from his mistakes, and will be able to move forward in his career without further incident.
Grades: Sports Illustrated gives Dallas an INCOMPLETE due to Lewis’ impending domestic violence charge, while CBSSports.com gave the Cowboys a solid B+.
Galatzan’s Take: Again, I really like the pick from need, fit, and talent standpoints. Lewis has all the talent in the world, and should be at the very least, a jack-of-all-trades type cover guy for Dallas. I am given quite a bit of pause due to the DV charge however, and he will have to prove that he is rehabilitated and ready to move forward and focus on football before I feel great about this pick overall. In the moment, it looks like Dallas has revamped its secondary with the selections of Lewis and, in the second round, Chidobe Awuzie. (His profile is here.) Dallas also achieved its "Taco Combo Platter'' goal over the course of the three rounds. ... in part by grabbing two cornerbacks who the Cowboys had second-round grades on.
Still worth examining in the secondary: Fish's one-on-one conversation with Orlando Scandrick, who says he is/was on the trade block ... and owner Jerry Jones insisting that angle is "erroneous.''
Overall Grade on Lewis: B