With the 221st pick of the 2019 NFL Draft in the seventh round, the Cleveland Browns selected CB Donnie Lewis Jr. (6-0, 195 lbs, Tulane).
Here is a scouting report from CBS Sports’ Dane Brugler, who projected him to be an undrafted free agent pick.
A two-star recruit out of high school, Donald “Donnie” Lewis Jr. lettered in basketball, football and track at Central, earning All-State honors with six interceptions as a senior. At only 150 pounds, he wasn’t highly recruited and committed to Tulane over Louisiana-Lafayette. He started 44 games for the Green Wave, tallying double-digit passes defended each of the last three years (often following the opponent’s top receiver). Lewis loves to compete in press-man, showing nimble feet to mirror-and-match and decent length to challenge receivers. A former receiver in high school, he is quick to locate and plays the ball with timing and savvy to consistently crowd the catch point. While he plays quick, he isn’t explosive and his finishing strength is a concern, often getting muscled off the top of routes. Overall, Lewis’ play strength will be an issue (in coverage and run support) at the NFL level, but his competitive demeanor and ball radar are appealing traits.
How He Fits the Browns
The Browns really focused on improving their haul of defensive backs. Lewis was actually one of the players who Cleveland brought to Berea for a pre-draft visit.
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