Making the grade for the NFL Draft can come down to the tiniest details, like exactly how tall players are compared to the official word from their college program.
For former Michigan Wolverines cornerback Jourdan Lewis, that number was a concern as scouts worried about his being shorter than listed. Luckily for Lewis, he passed the test at Senior Bowl weigh-ins.
Here’s the report from NFL.com’s Chase Goodbread:
Lewis measured 5-foot-10 and 188 pounds at Tuesday's weigh-in. That's an inch shorter than his 5-11 listing on Michigan's official roster, but Lewis, the No. 49 prospect in the draft according to NFL.com analyst Daniel Jeremiah, nevertheless came away from the weigh-in in good shape with NFL scouts.
"Scouts had him at 5-9 and change when they got him measured back in the spring," said NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein. "I think they had him at 5-9 7/8. So for him, a 5-10 measurement here is a good thing, and weighing 188 helps him, too. If he can maintain that weight and run really well at the (NFL Scouting) Combine (in March), he'll be fine."
Lewis’ arms also measured at 31 inches, which is above average for his height. As they say, it’s a game of inches.
He’s one of several former Wolverines who accepted invites to the event in Mobile, Alabama, joining defensive tackle Chris Wormley, linebacker Ben Gedeon, wide receiver Amara Darboh and defensive tackle Ryan Glasgow. Defensive end Taco Charlton was also invited but turned it down.
Of the group, Lewis is projected to go highest in the draft, and he solidified his spot even more so with these weigh-in numbers.
The Senior Bowl features 110 senior and graduated fourth-year junior draft prospects who play in front of NFL coaches, scouts and personnel executives in the week-long event.
The game will be televised by NFL Network Saturday, Jan. 28 at 2:30 p.m. Eastern.