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Rookie Review: Corner Back Donnie Lewis Jr.

Brown’s seventh-round cornerback Donnie Lewis Jr’s versitility a key to his success

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Many around the NFL felt the Cleveland Browns nabbed a bargain when they drafted corner, Donnie Lewis Jr in the seventh round of the NFL Draft. The Baton Rouge native played for Tulane University, where he redshirted as a freshman.

During his time as a part of the Green Wave, Lewis played in 46 games recording 161 tackles. Of those, 56 tackles came his senior year. Not bad for a young man who almost lost his playing time because of tackles.

Lewis candidly admits that when he arrived at Tulane, he was not fond of tackling. Considering his size at the time, 5’10”, 153 pounds, I can imagine tackling was not at the top of his arsenal as a defensive back. The self-described ‘ankle-biter’ contended for playing time during his redshirt freshman year. However, after some missed tackles, Tulane coach, Curtis Johnson pulled Lewis from a game. Lewis says this was attention-grabbing and he focused on upping his tackling skills.

Since that time, Lewis has improved his tackling and his versatility. He excels in the nickel as well as safety and corner positions. Lewis is also known for the energy and passion he carries with him.

I’d say Lewis is in a great position to grow and learn as a defensive back with the Browns. Given a chance, I believe this versatile young man can make his mark here in Cleveland. Welcome to the Dawg Pound Mr. Lewis.

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