The Cleveland Browns have completed their 2019 NFL Draft. With their final selection, the Browns chose cornerback Donnie Lewis of Tulane at pick No. 221 overall in the seventh round. Cleveland continued their focus on the defensive side of the ball, much like they did throughout the entire draft. Lewis is the fifth defensive player selected by the Browns, including three defensive backs. The Browns clearly wanted to add depth and talent in the secondary.
Lewis played four years at Tulane. In his final season last year, he notched 56 tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss, 21 passes defended and three interceptions. His senior season earned him All-AAC second-team honors. So, what can the Browns expect from their newest cornerback? Here is what NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein had to say about the Tulane cornerback:
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.
The Browns have finished the 2019 NFL Draft with seven selections. The team added five new defenders, one special teams player, and one offensive player. While there is a starter or two mixed in there, the picks add depth, if nothing else. Something that was badly needed on the defensive side of the ball. They may not have any picks remaining, but the draft process is not quite done yet for the orange and brown. Cleveland’s front office will now work the phones to add some undrafted free agents.
Here is some game film of cornerback Donnie Lewis: