Senior, 5’10” 176
When talking about Jourdan Lewis, people may believe he is undersized, but after watching film, Lewis’ game is a lot bigger than his physical appearance.
Over Lewis’ four seasons at Michigan, he has started in 29 games, and has been a huge part to the Wolverine defense. This season, Michigan ranked second in total defense, first in passing yards allowed, and third in touchdown passes allowed, and credit is due to their shutdown cornerback, who happens to be Lewis.
Lewis is a two-time All-Big Ten, received AP All-American first-team in his senior season, second-team All-American in his junior season, 2016 Tatum-Woodson defensive back of the year award winner, and also was a finalist for the Jim Thrope award, and the Chuck Bednarik award which are very prestigious defensive awards for college football players.
Lewis in the two seasons he was the number one cornerback, has been nothing but great with accomplishments, and statistics to support that. In his two seasons where he was a key piece, he started 23 games, where he recorded 79 total tackles, seven tackles-for-loss, four interceptions, one sack, one pick-six, and one forced fumble, all while defending 29 passes.
Lewis, as someone who may be categorized as undersized plays a big, aggressive game. Lewis’ game starts right when the ball is snapped, as he is always trying to disrupt the opposing receivers at the line of scrimmage, and does so efficiently. Lewis also has the athletic ability, and recovery speed to stay hip-to-hip with receivers in transition. Lewis also has incredible ball skills, and knows how to get vertical to go after the ball.
Lewis has the tendency to grab and tug quite a bit, which was not much of a problem in college, but could become a bigger issue when he gets to the NFL where receivers are bigger, better, faster, and stronger. Lewis could also improve on tracking the ball while in coverage. Lewis tends to stare at the receiver while defending the pass, which could get in the way of his ability to get the ball.
I believe Lewis has the potential to be a great cornerback in the NFL. Lewis has proved time-and-time again that he plays a tough game, knows how to put on the straps, and lock down big-time receivers. Lewis, due to his size, that is not exactly ideal to NFL teams and scouts for a shutdown corner, could have him fall to a team who will take him early in day two.
Comparison: Joe Haden
With the size being virtually identical, the game comparison between the two seems to be as well. They both love to play press man-coverage, and play it very well. Haden has been very successful as a cornerback in the NFL, and has locked down elite receivers. If any NFL team believes there is a player that could bring a Joe Haden type of effect to their football team, I’m sure they would not hesitate to take them early.
Round Projection: Early 2nd Round
Team Fits: Tennessee Titans, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Jets