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Michigan’s Jourdan Lewis Squashes 2016 NFL Draft Speculation

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Michigan cornerback Jourdan Lewis could, in theory, enter the 2016 NFL Draft.

The 5’10,” 175-pound junior is eligible to go pro, and he certainly has enough talent to make it at the next level. He’s also among 16 finalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, which is given annually to the nation’s best defensive back.

So why not? Right?

Wrong.

On Thursday, Lewis used Twitter to clear up any speculation.

With 14 pass break-ups, Lewis is among the nation’s best “Ball Hawks.” Other highlights include his pick-6 during Michigan’s 38-0 homecoming win over Northwestern and his incredible battle versus Michigan State’s Aaron Burbridge.

Despite his team’s 27-23 loss to the Spartans, Lewis guarded Burbridge–a 6’1,” 208-pound senior–as well as anyone has during the past two years. Burbridge had nine catches for 132 yards, but he was also targeted 19 times.

With 24 tackles, Lewis has the fourth-most among Wolverines this season–his 2.5 TFL are second among Michigan defensive backs. Safety Jabrill Peppers leads the secondary with 4.5 TFL. However, the 6’1″, 205-pound redshirt freshman knows who makes the defensive backfield go-round.

“Jourdan is the best corner in the country, and that makes everbody’s job a lot easier, you know, when you got a guy out there who’s going to shut down half the field–that makes all of our jobs easier,” Peppers said after Michigan’s win over Northwestern.

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Michigan CB Jourdan Lewis wraps up Michigan State WR Aaron Burbridge (Photo by Lon Horwedel/Icon Sportswire)

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