Donnie Lewis

Tulane

Prospect Info

College
Tulane
Hometown
Class
LA
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 0"
190 lbs
30 3/4”
Hands
9 1/4”

Prospect Grade

4.93
Should Be in an NFL Training Camp
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Cleveland
Browns
Round 7 ‧ Pick 7
Go to Pick

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Although you would think a Baton Rouge native would be a shoo-in to play football in Louisiana, Lewis' home town is in Florida. He redshirted his first year with the Green Wave and then became a starter in Year 2, lining up with the ones for nine of 11 games played (30 tackles, three pass breakups). Lewis started 10 games in 2016, tying for the team lead with nine pass breakups (going along with 39 tackles, two for loss, and two interceptions). American Athletic Conference coaches voted him honorable mention all-conference in 2017, as he was a 12-game starter who intercepted three passes and broke up 11 others on the year (36 tackles, three for loss). Lewis was a second-team All-AAC pick as a senior after starting all 13 games, posting 56 tackles, 2.5 for loss, three interceptions, and 18 pass breakups. He finished in the top five nationally with 1.6 passes defensed per game.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Priority free agent
Overview
Four-year starter with an appetite for challenging throws and making plays on the football. Lewis has average size but the tape shows a lack of long speed that he was unable to dispel during his pro day due to a foot injury (Jones fracture) sustained during Shrine Game practices. He has the instincts and anticipation to compete as an outside corner in zone-heavy coverage or in man coverage over the slot. His ball production is intriguing, but his physical profile fails to stand out.
Strengths
  • Plays with ball-hawking mentality and willing to take chances
  • His 34 passes defensed over last three years include seven interceptions
  • Patient from press
  • Jams receiver with stiff jab into a shoulder
  • Quick backpedal in initial stages of mirror and match
  • Succinct footwork for quality change of direction
  • Finds deep balls early and tracks effectively
  • Seeks catch point with aggressive claws and swipes
  • Adequate plant-and-drive quickness to the throw
Weaknesses
  • Allowed high number of touchdowns during career
  • Long speed appears below average on tape
  • Unable to close-out vertical separation consistently
  • Lacks length to play from trail position
  • Forced to open and sprint early from off-man
  • Quicker than fast
  • Comes flying in out of control as tackler in space
GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league