Jourdan Julian Lewis

Jourdan Julian LewisJourdan Julian Lewis (born August 31, 1995) is an American football cornerback for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Michigan, where he was named First-Team All-American and First-Team All-Big Ten in 2015 and 2016. Lewis was drafted by the Cowboys in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Lewis was born in 1995 and raised in Detroit, attending Cass Technical High School. He enrolled at the University of Michigan in 2013. He and Delano Hill anchored the Cass Technical defensive backfield that won the 2011 and 2012 Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 1 championships for coach Thomas Wilcher. Through the first 10 games of the 2015 season, Lewis had 20 pass breakups, which set a new school record. He ranked second among all players in the NCAA Division I FBS with 21 passes defended. Lewis set a single-season school record with 21 pass breakups in 2015, surpassing the previous record of 18 held by Marlin Jackson (2002) and Leon Hall (2006). Following the 2015 season, Lewis was named to the All-Big Ten defensive first-team, by both the media and coaches. He was also named a First-Team All-American by USA Today, and Sports Illustrated, becoming the first Wolverine to earn the honor since Taylor Lewan in 2013, and the first Wolverine defensive back to earn the honor since Leon Hall in 2006. During the 2016 season, Lewis was targeted 31 times, allowing 74 yards, with 14 total yards after catch and 0.36 yards per snap in coverage. Lewis has contributed 23 tackles, 3.5 tackles-for-loss, two interceptions and 12Jourdan Julian Lewis pass breakups this season. Following the 2016 season, Lewis was named the Tatum–Woodson Defensive Back of the Year, and was once again named to the All-Big Ten defensive first-team, by both the media and coaches. He was also named a first-team All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, Associated Press, Sporting News, and Sports Illustrated. On January 10, 2017, it was reported that Lewis and teammates Chris Wormley and Ben Gedeon had all accepted their invitations to attend the 2017 Senior Bowl. He attended and wasmeasured at 5’10” and 188 lbs which was taller than the 5’9” and heavier then the 180 lbs that scouts expected him to stand at. Throughout the week, he began practicing at nickel cornerback as his height would probably be better suited covering the slot. On January 28, 2017, he recorded four combined tackles and displayed impressive coverage under Chicago Bears’ head coach John Fox as a part of the North team who lost 16-15 to the South. As a top ten cornerback prospect, Lewis was invited to the NFL combine. He attended and performed the majority of drills, but opted to skip the short shuttle and three-cone drill. On March 18, 2017, he opted to participate at Michigan’s Pro Day, along with Jake Rudock, Graham Glasgow, Desmond Morgan, Willie Henry, Ben Gedeon, Chris Wormley, Joe Bolden, Joe Kerridge, Jarrod Wilson, and seven other players including Jake Lampman from Ferris State and Darius Jackson from Eastern Michigan. Lewis chose to run his 40-yard dash (4.47), 20-yard dash (2.51), 10-yard dash (1.59), Jourdan Julian Lewisshort shuttle (4.38), and three-cone drill (6.88) for representatives and scouts from all 32 NFL teams. On March 25, 2017, Lewis’ girlfriend accused him of dragging her across the floor and placing his hands around her neck, although Lewis rebuffed the account claiming he didn’t touch her. He pleaded not guilty and this was expected to effect his draft stock. Lewis’ draft projections varied from the as high as the second or third round to as low as the sixth or seventh round, mainly due to his misdemeanor domestic violence charges. He was ranked the sixth cornerback in the draft by NFL analyst Mel Kiper Jr. and the tenth best cornerback prospect in the draft by NFLDraftScout.com. The Dallas Cowboys selected Lewis in the third round (92nd overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft. He was the 14th cornerback selected in 2017. On June 28, 2017, the Dallas Cowboys signed Lewis to a four-year, $3.24 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $753,428. He competed with Nolan Carroll, Orlando Scandrick, Chidobe Awuzie, and Anthony Brown throughout training camp for a job as the starting cornerback.
Head coach Jason Garrett named him a backup cornerback to starters Nolan Carroll, Orlando Scandrick, and Anthony Brown to start the regular season. On September 17, 2017, Lewis made his professional regular season debut against the Denver Broncos after being a healthy scratch for their season-opener. He went into the game after Nolan Carroll suffered a concussion and Lewis recorded six solo tackles and intercepted the first pass of his career off of Broncos’ quarterback Trevor Siemian in a 42–17 loss. The next week, Lewis earned his first career start in place of Carroll and recorded six soloJourdan Julian Lewis tackles and deflected a pass in a 28–17 win at the Arizona Cardinals. He suffers a hamstring injury during the game and was questionable going into the following week. During a Week 5 matchup against the Green Bay Packers, he made his second career start and collected seven combined tackles and a season-high three pass deflections in the Cowboys’ 35-31 loss.
Lewis gave up an 11-yard game-winning touchdown with 11 seconds left in the game to Davante Adams on a back shoulder fade thrown by Aaron Rodgers. Lewis was criticized by ESPN analyst Skip Bayless who attributed the touchdown to the height difference between Adams (6’2”) and Lewis (5’10”). On October 8, 2017, the Dallas Cowboys released Nolan Carroll and Lewis was expected to be the starting cornerback due to his impressive performance. He received praise from analysts and fans through the first seven games and was named to Mel Kiper Jr.’s top 10 rookies list for the season so far, ranking eighth. On March 15, 2017, Lewis’ girlfriend claimed he had dragged her across the floor and put his hands around her neck to police. The girlfriend of three years had called police after she said an incident had taken place at their apartment.
Two officers arrived and she told them the altercation began after an argument about him leaving the lights on and about their bills. She then claimed he threw pillow at her and went into her closet. When she went to check to See if he was damaging her property he somehow ended up on the ground and accused Lewis of dragging her across US Mediationthe floor then held her down by her neck foe about three seconds.
As Lewis was not home, the police called him and met with him to take a report. He was not arrested at the time. Lewis denied the claims and pleaded not guilty to a charge of misdemeanor charge of domestic violence the following day. On July 25, 2017, Lewis was found not guilty of all charges. During his tenure with the Wolverines became close friends with Tyler and Tucker Vasher of Harrison, Mi. Tyler and Tucker both are diagnosed with Brittle Bone disease.

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