Michigan’s Lewis, Hill, Darboh taken late in third round

David Goricki, The Detroit News


Michigan All-American cornerback Jourdan Lewis was picked in the third round of Friday night’s NFL Draft, taken by the Dallas Cowboys with the 92nd overall pick.

Lewis (Detroit Cass Tech) was the 24th defensive back taken in the draft and he didn’t fall because of his ability.

Lewis is one of the premier cover corners in the draft, breaking up 45 passes during his career with the Wolverines. He will now join Michigan teammate, defensive end Taco Charlton with the Cowboys. Charlton was picked No. 28 overall, late in the first round Thursday.


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Lewis could be considered a bit undersized at 5-foot-10 and 188 pounds, but is a great competitor, more than making up for his lack of size, showing his athleticism with a one-handed interception in a victory over Wisconsin.

Lewis put himself on the radar his junior year, starting 13 games and breaking up 20 passes, then earned first-team All-American honors this past fall and was Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year after getting in on 25 tackles and breaking up nine passes.

Hill, Darboh to Seahawks

Michigan safety Delano Hill (Detroit Cass Tech) was a surprise pick in the draft, taken just three picks after Lewis by the Seahawks, who had picked Michigan State defensive tackle Malik McDowell (Southfield) in the second round.

Hill earned second-team Big-Ten honors his senior year after getting in on 52 tackles with three interceptions.

With the second-to-last pick in the third round, No. 106 overall, the Seahawks also grabbed Michigan receiver Amara Darboh.

Darboh (6-2, 214) joins linebacker Jabrill Peppers (No. 25, Cleveland), defensive end Taco Charlton (No. 28, Dallas), defensive tackle Chris Wormley (No. 74, Baltimore), Lewis (No. 92, Dallas) and Hill (No. 95, Seattle) to give the Wolverines six players picked in the first three rounds. It was the first time Michigan had a half dozen players picked in the opening three rounds of the draft since 1972.

Darboh had his best season this past fall with 57 receptions for 862 yards and seven TDs to earn second-team All-Big Ten honors.