With general manager George Paton at the helm, the Denver Broncos are prioritizing cornerbacks. It is a valued position where you can never have enough.
After the 2021 season, the Broncos’ depth at cornerback was tested, leading the team to do more to build unity. One of those moves was bringing in Donnie Lewis Jr just days before the 2022 NFL Draft.
How does Lewis play in the team’s competition at cornerback? Let’s dive into his resume to figure it out.
Lewis just turned 26 on July 21. He attended Tulane for college football.
During his college career, missed tackles were a significant concern for Lewis, where he missed 45 in four years. However, he was also extremely boom or bust while working in coverage. Lewis gave up more than twice as many touchdowns as interceptions with 17-8, but he also stopped 21 more passes.
Lewis has also been on special teams for his last three years, but he hasn’t excelled. He made just three special teams tackles, all in his senior year, while also missing two tackles.
There were many worries about Lewis and his physique during his college career, but he did well in the cover. He did well to be in place to make a play, and he did a lot, but that style of play can be difficult to transition to the NFL.
The Cleveland Browns selected Lewis in the 2019 NFL Draft with the No. 221 overall pick.
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Lewis has yet to play a regular season game in the NFL. He bounced back with the Browns his freshman year before joining the Cincinnati Bengals in 2020. The Broncos mark his third NFL team as he enters his fourth season.
Lewis’ only action in the NFL came in the preseason of his rookie year, where he played three games, playing 54 snaps on defense.
Lewis is part of a deep cornerback room in Denver. However, it would take a significant performance from Lewis to make the Broncos’ roster a position with five cemented players.
Lewis is more likely to push for a spot on the practice squad, and there’s plenty of competition.
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