Stephen Jones on Jourdan Lewis, despite red flags: ‘Outstanding guy’
Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones praised third-round draft pick Jourdan Lewis as “an outstanding guy” despite the fact the former Michigan Wolverines cornerback currently is embroiled in a domestic violence case.
Jones insisted the Cowboys did their due diligence on Lewis before selecting him with the 92nd pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, saying, “Hell, we need some corners here.”
“Well, this guy’s an outstanding guy. At the end of the day, we did a lot of research. No need to rehash all that,” Jones said on a recent appearance with Jim Miller and Pat Kirwan on SiriusXM NFL Radio, as transcribed by The Dallas News. “At the end of the day we go what kind of guy is this overall? And whether it’s on the field, off the field, this guy is a solid individual.
“Of course we did all our investigations, we did all our diligence and we decided, hey, he’s not coming off our board. And we feel good about it. Obviously that will have to play out. We feel good about how that’s going to play out. We have a lot of confidence in him. We just said, hell, we need some corners here. I think he can step in and … I think he’s going to make a big difference.”
Lewis is facing a July trial stemming from a misdemeanor domestic violence charge. He’s accused of dragging his girlfriend across the room by her neck and holding her down.
Lewis previously stated he’s “completely innocent,” “will be exonerated from everything” and that “all charges will be dropped.”
Jones previously cited how Cowboys general counsel Jason Counts was involved in the team’s vetting of Lewis and the charges against him. He also mentioned how the team relied upon the endorsement of safeties coach Greg Jackson, who was on the Wolverines coaching staff in 2015.
Whether the Cowboys’ research into Lewis yielded encouraging information concerning whether he’d be exonerated or if the need for cornerback depth made the team look past the red flags associated with him, using the term “outstanding guy” certainly was an interesting choice.