Jourdan Lewis NFL Draft Profile
Size: 5’10 188lbs
- Solid in coverage
- Special teams
- Ball skills
Analysis: Watching a few Michigan games live this season it was Jourdan Lewis who stood out to me over the likes of Jabrill Peppers and Taco Charlton. He is ultra-competitive with an overwhelming drive to succeed. Allowed just seven catches in 2016 for completion percentage against of 23.3. An annoyance from press coverage. Squats on top of his target waiting to punch and impede. Twitchy feet can stick and close to ball instantly when he reads pass. Able to flip hips and accelerate quickly. Has lateral quickness and agility to flourish from the slot. He maintains tight coverage downfield and waits for receiver’s eyes to cue him in on when to turn and find it. In three years as a starter, credited with 42 passes defensed, including six interceptions. Allowed just two touchdowns during same time frame. Showed off ball skills and athleticism with highlight reel, one-handed interception against Wisconsin. Has special teams experience as a gunner and in return game.
- Thin frame
- Too many penalties
- Recent domestic violence issue
Analysis: Stats don’t lie, not many QB-WR combos could defeat Lewis, heck look at the completion percentage against him. But that doesn’t mean Jourdan doesn’t come with some limitations. He is limited in coverage options due to matchup concerns against elite NFL size. Has to work overtime to disengage from physical wideouts in run support. Tape shows small delay in reaction when attempting to mirror an inside release. Tendency to grab if beaten early off the line. Penalized 14 times over career with eight pass interferences. Will allow his man a head start past him when he starts reckless eyeballing the quarterback from off coverage.
What could hurt him on Draft Day: “Former University of Michigan football player Jourdan Lewis is accused of grabbing his girlfriend by the neck and holding her down on the floor. That’s according to an Ann Arbor Police Department report that prompted prosecutors to charge Lewis with misdemeanor domestic violence. The police report, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act on Monday, March 20, states that the incident started because Lewis fell asleep with the lights on. Lewis’ 20-year-old girlfriend told police she got home to the apartment the couple shared in the 3000 block of Signature in Ann Arbor around 12:30 a.m. and found Lewis asleep in bed with the lights on. The couple had been together for three years, according to the report. “(The woman) stated she and Lewis got into a heated argument about the light being left on and who pays the bills,” the report states. Lewis threw two pillows and a blanket at the 20-year-old, prompting the woman to demand that Lewis apologize, according to the police report.”
–More details about this will certainly emerge as we get closer to the NFL Draft, but it’s not going to help him with prospective NFL teams.
NFL Comparison: Antoine Winfield
Draft Projection: Round 3