Round 2: CB Jourdan Lewis, Michigan
With the Steelers second rounder I decided to tackle another obvious need by addressing the defensive secondary. Jourdan Lewis would be an ideal addition to Pittsburgh’s defense.
As a Senior, Jourdan Lewis is an experienced cornerback on one of the most talented defenses in the nation. He has the potential to serve as a lockdown corner in the NFL with his cover skills that allow him to remain glued to his target’s hip pocket. Additionally, Lewis also can hold his ground in the run game with his high degree of physicality.
You may have heard of Lewis after he made one of College Football’s craziest catches of the season with his leaping, one-handed interception to clinch Michigan’s win over Wisconsin. Lewis possesses fantastic ball skills and is constantly in position to create turnovers due to his coverage abilities.
Possible Options: Two other players I considered here were both Washington Huskies: DL Vita Vea and WR John Ross.
Vea, who I previewed in a recent Draft Watch article, has above average athletic abilities for a man of his size. He dominates against the run by occupying space and standing up blockers, and can even rush the passer from the interior.
John Ross is a dynamic athlete who is a scoring machine, racking up 13 total touchdowns in Washington’s first 8 games. 11 of those scores came on the receiving end, where Ross is a dynamic threat from the slot. He additionally adds value as an explosive return man.