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Jourdan Lewis drafted 92nd overall by Dallas Cowboys

Friday, April 28th, 2017


Jourdan Lewis became the fourth Michigan Wolverine selected in the 2017 NFL Draft when he was taken 92nd overall by the Dallas Cowboys. He will join Taco Charlton, who was drafted 28th overall on Thursday night.

Lewis was a consensus first-team All-American, All-Big Ten First-Team selection last season, and a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, which is given to the nation’s best defensive back. He won the Big Ten’s Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year award despite missing the first three games of the season due to injury.

Lewis set Michigan’s career pass breakups record with 45. He also recorded 133 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, one sack, and six interceptions throughout his career. In 2015, Lewis set Michigan’s single-season pass breakups record with 22.

In 2016, Lewis made the highlight of the season for the Wolverines, leaping and snatching a game-clinching interception against Wisconsin. He also picked off a pass in the win over Michigan State.

In Dallas, Lewis will join fellow cornerback Chidobe Awuzie, who was selected in the second round out of Colorado, to help solidify the Cowboys’ secondary. Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne both departed as free agents in the offseason and the Cowboys are shopping Orlando Scandrick. The Cowboys allowed the most pass completions and seventh-most passing yards in the league last season while recording just nine interceptions, which were more than just four other teams.

Lewis does await trial on July 24 for an alleged domestic violence incident that occurred on March 15. The uncertainty regarding his legal status surely caused his draft stock to fall to the late third round. But he’ll have every chance to lock down a spot in the Cowboys secondary this fall.

Taco Charlton drafted 28th overall by Dallas Cowboys

Thursday, April 27th, 2017


After Jabrill Peppers was drafted by the Cleveland Browns 25th overall, Michigan didn’t have to wait long for another Wolverine to hear his name called on Thursday night as defensive end Taco Charlton was picked 28th overall by the Dallas Cowboys.

Charlton was an All-Big Ten first team selection last season after leading the team and ranking 14th nationally with 9.5 sacks, despite missing two games with an injured ankle. He recorded a sack in seven of his final 10 games and each of his final four, turning in his best performance of the season against Ohio State when he made nine tackles, three tackles for loss, and 2.5 sacks. He was also all over the Florida State backfield in the Orange Bowl, recording two tackles for loss, a sack, and a pass breakup.

The Pickerington, Ohio native notched 94 career tackles, 27.5 tackles for loss, and 18.5 sacks, defended two passes, and forced one fumble while starting 11 games.

More than anything, Charlton showed progression throughout his career, playing his best football late in his final season, leaving hope that his best football is ahead of him. The Cowboys haven’t had a player record double-digit sacks in the past three seasons, and they’re hoping Charlton canĀ fill that role.

Charlton is the first Michigan player selected by the Cowboys since Tony Boles in 1991. He joins Peppers to give Michigan two first-round picks in the same draft for the first time since 2005 when Braylon Edwards and Marlin Jackson were selected by the Cleveland Browns (third) and Indianapolis Colts (29th).

Michigan has a potential for 11 more players to be drafted in the final six rounds of the draft, which continues on Friday evening with rounds two and three. Chris Wormley, Amara Darboh, Jourdan Lewis, Jake Butt, and Ben Gedeon are Wolverines who could hear their names called on Friday night.