2017 NFL Draft: Domestic violence charge clouds projection of top nickel CB

Michigan cornerback Jourdan Lewis was charged with domestic violence on Wednesday following an early morning “physical altercation” with his 20-year old girlfriend. Police responded to a distress call by the victim and Lewis was charged with misdemeanor assault following a subsequent investigation.

Lewis is currently projected as the No. 46 overall prospect for the 2017 NFL Draft by NFLDraftScout.com. Although undersized at 5-foot-10 and 188 pounds, he is widely considered the best nickel defender in the class by many around the league.

Shortly after the charges became official, Lewis tweeted: “It’s sad that somebody would want to control you so bad they would ruin your life over it.”

With the incident not yet 24 hours old, the specific details are still unknown until a full investigation can be conducted. But regardless, this obviously creates concern and if the charges hold up, Lewis will tumble down draft NFL Draft boards. And with the heightened awareness of domestic violence in the NFL, Lewis isn’t guaranteed a spot on draft weekend.

Domestic violence is a serious charge and never acceptable, but the timing is especially worse this late in the draft process. With the Senior Bowl and NFL Scouting in the rearview Combine, Lewis won’t have as many face-to-face opportunities with NFL teams to express his remorse or explain the situation.

Jourdan Lewis is considered a top-50 NFL Draft prospect. USATSI

Michigan’s on-campus pro day is scheduled for Friday, March 24, in Ann Arbor and with double-digit former Wolverines projected to be drafted, the workout should be well attended by key decision-makers of the 32 NFL teams. If Lewis can attend, his meetings will carry extra importance.

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