Draft Profiles: Jourdan Lewis

AIt’s a common feeling across Packer Nation that the Packers need secondary help in a bad way if they want to get over the hump. A lot of people will probably be pretty upset if pick number 29 is not used on the defensive side of the ball. The loss of Sam Shields is something that the Packers need to address. Cornerback, Jourdan Lewis, from the University of Michigan is a good player that has a good chance of still being on the board at the end of the first round.

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What are his strengths?

The All Big-Ten cornerback posses many traits that will make teams consider him in the first round of the upcoming draft. Lewis has excellent body control. He can cut and turn his body around quickly to run with receivers. Has very good lateral quickness. Is also fast enough to recover from early mistakes at the line of scrimmage. Lewis also has terrific ball skills. He is aggressive and doesn’t wait for the ball to come to him, he attacks it.

What are his weaknesses?

Size is probably the biggest concern with Lewis. He doesn’t have a very powerful frame. He is 5’10 and weighs about 188 pounds. His size will make him more effective as a slot receiver. He may struggle against big physical wide receivers at the NFL level. Another issue he had at Michigan was penalties, particularly at the line of scrimmage. Lewis had a tendency to grab the receiver if he was initially beat off the line. He was penalized 14 times during his college career.

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When will he be drafted?

If Lewis had a bigger frame, he would be a lock to be a first rounder, probably top 15. Given his size and physical limitations, Lewis will probably be a second round pick.

Where does he fit on the Packers?

Lewis would be a good fit for the Packers. I’m not ready to give up on Quentin Rollins yet, but he was bad in and out of the slot last year. If the Packers took Lewis in the second round (that’s where I would be comfortable taking him), I think he would be an upgrade as your inside/slot corner. It remains to be seen if he will be able to play outside at the NFL level.

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