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2019 NFL Draft Profile: Donnie Lewis Jr, CB, Tulane

Will Donnie Lewis join the ranks of fellow Tulane corner Parry Nickerson and get drafted this weekend?

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Height: 6’0’’

Weight: 195 lbs.

Career Statistics: 160 tackles, 7 interceptions (1 TD), 37 passes defended (four seasons at Tulane)


Will an NFL team take a chance and call his name?

The Argument For: Lewis possesses a keen eye for where the ball is at on any given play, especially passing ones. Last season alone he successfully defended 17 passes (3rd in the nation) and picked off opposing quarterbacks on three separate occasions, taking one of said interceptions 49 yards for a score. His versatility in the secondary may prove to be an asset for pro teams as Tulane often used Lewis as both a corner and a safety in his four years with the program. He also has experience lining up in the nickle.

The Argument Against: Lewis received the honor of being selected to participate in the annual East-West Shrine Game but was injured while playing in the contest. He suffered a Jones fracture in his foot, an injury that may make NFL clubs wary to use a selection on the corner. Some also see Lewis as lacking in size as well, questioning whether or not he will be able to successfully cover the larger-framed pro receivers.

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Final Thoughts: Lewis has what it takes to land an NFL roster spot. Whether that comes via the draft or not is up in the air though. His knack for knocking away passes will undoubtedly help his case, but it will boil down to specific team needs are on Day 3 of the draft. If Lewis does hear his name called in Nashville, he should expect it to happen in the sixth or seventh round. He has already made pre-draft visits to several clubs including the Houston Texans and the Green Bay Packers. If a team does decide to pull the trigger and take a chance on Lewis, he will be the second Tulane DB in as many years to be drafted into the league after former teammate Parry Nickerson was taken by the New York Jets in the sixth round a season ago.