The best “under-the-radar” defender for the Cowboys is Jourdan Lewis... unless he isn’t

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Date sent: 2017/11/16 04:11:14
SB Nation recently asked its NFL blogs to <a href=""></a> name its best “under-the-radar” defender. Of course under-the-radar means different things to different people. So we took it as a player having a really good year, but isn’t named DeMarcus Lawrence, Sean Lee, or David Irving. For various reason, those players are either known to the NFL public, or there is nothing about their game that is under-the-radar.
Four of BTB’s writers thought that Jourdan Lewis was the best candidate for the criteria. The third-round pick out of Michigan has been thrust into essentially a starting cornerback role. And he has thrived. Lewis is a rookie who is a little on the small size so it was thought he might be a “slot corner” only. That turned out to be wrong. He has great instincts as a corner and is a nice open-field tackler. He can match up with the biggest and speediest receivers like Julio Jones.
Lewis wasn’t the only candidate our writers brought up.
Maliek Collins - He hasn’t had the sack totals many thought he might have, but he has been disruptive in the backfield and since David Irving has returned, he appears to be turning it up a notch.
Tyrone Crawford - He’s been having a solid season, benefiting from Lawrence’s and Irving’s presence. He was falling out of favor with the <a href=""></a> Cowboys fans because of his large contract and lack of production, but this season has been different.
Some other mentioned included Anthony Hitchens, Byron Jones and Orlando Scandrick.

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