Jourdan Lewis, CB
The career of Jourdan Lewis in Dallas has been a bit of a rollercoaster. As a third-round selection by the Cowboys in 2017 out of Michigan, Lewis appeared to be the steal of the draft as a rookie. But he lost favor with the coaching staff the following year presumably due to his 5-foot-10 frame as defensive backs coach and passing game coordinator Kris Richard preferred bigger corners.
Despite the obstacles, Lewis was still able to prove his worth in a limited role. But last season, despite playing for a new coaching staff, the 25-year old struggled in the final year of his rookie deal, earning an overall grade of 48.1 from Pro Football Focus for his performance, by far the lowest of his NFL career.
Lewis started 13 games last season, the most in his first four years in Dallas. He recorded 40 tackles, seven tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, and two pass defends. But for the first time in his career, Lewis failed to record a single interception.
Coming off a down year, the Cowboys should be able to retain Lewis on a very team-friendly deal. And as we’ve seen him have success in the past here, it’s not a stretch to believe he could get back there again.
Prediction: The Cowboys re-sign Lewis to a modest one-year deal, essentially making him a bridge-player for any incoming rookies drafted in April.