The Dallas Cowboys added a talented and driven cornerback with their third-round draft pick (92nd overall) in the 2017 draft when they selected Jourdan Lewis out of Michigan. Lewis finished his collegiate career with 133 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, a school-record 45 pass breakups and six interceptions with one returned for a touchdown over 48 games played. His size/speed combination make him an ideal slot cornerback, where his lateral quickness and press coverage skills should allow him to excel. An ultra-competitive player, Lewis allowed just seven catches in 2016 for completion percentage against of 23.3, and in three years as a starter he allowed just two touchdowns. With the Cowboys losing three starters in the secondary during free agency, Lewis will have an opportunity for major playing time in Rod Marinelli’s defense.
- Finished the season as first-team All America, first-team Big Ten and a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, starting 10 games and recording 25 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 13 pass breakups and two interceptions after missing the first three games of the season due to injury.
- Overtook Marlin Jackson for third on Michigan’s all-time pass breakup list against Wisconsin, posting three breakups, four solo tackles and a game-sealing one-handed interception against the Badgers.
- Recorded six total tackles, a tackle for loss and an interception against Michigan State.
- Posted two tackles and one pass breakup against Florida State in the Orange Bowl, finishing his career as Michigan’s career leader in pass breakups with 45.
- Appeared in 13 games, making 13 starts at cornerback and registering 52 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, a single-season school-record 22 pass breakups, two interceptions and a sack.
- Made four tackles, one for a loss and added an interception for a 37-yard touchdown against Northwestern.
- Recorded a career-best seven tackles and a career-best six pass breakups against Michigan State (10/17).
- Had three tackles, two pass breakups and a forced fumbled against Rutgers.
- Appeared in 12 games, making seven starts and recorded 39 tackles, two interceptions and 1.5 tackles for loss.
- Made his first collegiate start against Miami of Ohio, recording three tackles and his first career interception.
- Matched his then career-high with five tackles, including four solo stops against Utah.
- Recorded five tackles and one interception against Penn State.
- Appeared in 13 games as a reserve defensive back and contributed on special teams, tallying 17 tackles and two pass breakups.
- Recorded five tackles and a pass breakup against Akron.