Michigan cornerback Jourdan Lewis will likely be the saving grace of this underwhelming draft class in Dallas. The Cowboys entire organization seemed absolutely giddy about the former Wolverine falling to them in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft. And so far, the kid hasn’t disappointed.
A legit candidate for Defensive Rookie of the Year at one point this season, Lewis has started in three of his seven games for Dallas and appears to be a lock to do so for the rest of the year. Ever since he started playing in Week Two, Lewis has displayed the poise of a veteran. And the Cowboys have rewarded him with ample playing time.
Amazingly, the 22-year old has logged a whopping 370 defensive snaps already this season. That’s more than Pro Bowl linebacker Sean Lee and dominate pass rusher DeMarcus Lawrence!
Now, that doesn’t mean there haven’t been a few bumps in the road, like the game-winning touchdown pass he allowed the Green Bay Packers to complete with :16 seconds left on the clock in Week Five.
But Lewis has certainly exceeded expectations overall. And it appears the Cowboys have hit on yet another young starter at the cornerback position in back-to-back drafts. (Anthony Brown being the other)
So far this season, Lewis has recorded 29 total tackles, five pass defends and one interception.