Michigan just had the deepest NFL draft class in program history. Now we’re looking back on how each of its 11 draftees ended up playing for the Wolverines.
Jourdan Lewis had one of the most prolific cornerback careers in Michigan football history, and it started not far from Ann Arbor, in another big Michigan city — Detroit.
A consistent pipeline for future Wolverines, Detroit plays home to the state’s premier football school, and Lewis’ alma mater, Cass Tech.
And like many Technicians before him, Lewis knew where he was headed to play college football.
Jourdan Lewis commits to Michigan a year ahead of time
A part of the Class of 2013, Lewis didn’t have to commit or sign anywhere until that February.
But he didn’t need all that time.
“Everyone always knew where I was going,” Lewis said with a laugh during a Michigan media session in November.
Lewis was a 4-star prospect in high school. He was ranked as the nation’s No. 115 overall prospect and the 10th-best cornerback.
Even with those accolades, Lewis received just two scholarship offers, according to his 247Sports profile. One was from Toledo, the other from Michigan.
But, like Lewis said, he always knew where he was going. Other schools didn’t even bother to make offers after he committed to Michigan in February 2012.
It took six days for Lewis to ponder the offer he received from Michigan. After those six days, he committed and never looked back.
He went on to do some special things in Ann Arbor.
Jourdan Lewis makes case for one of the all-time Michigan greats, gets drafted by Dallas Cowboys
Michigan’s No. 26 jersey will be linked to the cornerback who shut down nearly every receiver he faced his senior season, as well as the better part of his junior season.
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Lewis holds Michigan records for career pass breakups (48) and single-season pass breakups (22). He was a two-time All-American, two-time All-Big Ten selection, and two-time Jim Thorpe Award finalist.
He tallied 133 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 6 interceptions and a sack during his Wolverines career.
He excelled covering deep passes, allowing just 7 completions from 2014-16 on 57 targets.
— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) May 7, 2017
He also, uh, defied gravity at times.
Knows how to find the ball? ✅
Can make 1-handed grabs that would make a WR blush? ✅ pic.twitter.com/zRzUDoBt0P
— Gordon McGuinness (@PFF_Gordon) February 23, 2017
Lewis was one of the best ever at Michigan. Had he left after his junior season, he probably would have been a first-round pick. He elected to stay.
Pro Football Focus ranked him as the draft’s No. 3 cornerback, ahead of Alabama’ Marlon Humphrey.
But Lewis, who is facing a domestic violence charge, wasn’t selected until the third round by the Dallas Cowboys. If Lewis does anything similar to what he did at Michigan, the Cowboys pick will go down as an absolute steal.
He joins former Michigan teammate Taco Charlton in Dallas. The enthusiasm of Cowboys fans in Ann Arbor is at an all-time high.