#3 – Jourdan Lewis, Cornerback
The Dallas Cowboys’ war room thought they got the steal of the draft when they landed Michigan cornerback Jourdan Lewis in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
But a hamstring injury forced the rookie to miss the majority of training camp and the entire preseason. So despite the fact the team was excited about his potential, there was no evidence of it on the field.
That is, until Monday night. Against the Cardinals, and in only his second game as a professional, the former Wolverine shined in front of a primetime audience. Lewis was a tackling machine, recording six solo tackles in the victory. Many of those tackles were in the open field. And, at times, with no other defender in sight.
Lewis also appeared to be just as capable in coverage, for the most part defending the pass well when targeted by the Cardinals.
With cornerbacks Chidobe Awuzie and Nolan Carroll sidelined, Dallas was shorthanded in the secondary going into this matchup. But Lewis, who was pressed into action early, played like a veteran despite his lack of experience.
It certainly appears the Cowboys may have indeed found themselves someone special in Jourdan Lewis.