A domestic violence arrest after the Combine was likely a strong reason why he landed in the back half of the third round with the Dallas Cowboys.
"We had a lot of information on the MI guys with [safeties coach] Greg Jackson being through there, so we had a great feel for what their character was like", executive vice president Stephen Jones said.
Lewis was a key figure in the Wolverines' recent revival. On top of that, he has great football character, as well.
"Our guys did a tremendous job researching this situation and doing their due diligence", head coach Jason Garrett added. The surprise may have come from Charlton ranking among the better players in the draft class, but quite a few teams focused on getting offensive players early in the first round. Current Cowboys safeties coach Greg Jackson coached served as DBs coach for MI in 2015. We know the coaches up their well. I think it'll be squashed, right then and there - that first trial date.
"It hurt me a lot", Lewis said in an interview with ESPN. "I'm completely innocent. I believe that wholeheartedly".
"It was definitely a long day, and I was definitely anxious and nervous to kind of see what was going to happen", said Rush, who spent the weekend following the draft in Ann Arbor with family and friends and watching younger brother, Dillon, graduate.
Camp starts just before the July 24 hearing. Second-round pick Chidobe Awuzie from Colorado is a versatile player who can play both outside and inside at cornerback and can also help out at safety if needed.
Over his last three seasons, Lewis has made only six interceptions but broke up 35 potential completions - a rate of more than one per game.
Trying to fill their two biggest needs, the Cowboys' plan all along was to grab a defensive end in the first round because the depth at cornerback would allow them to still get quality at that position in Rounds 2 and 3. "We just want them to get in here and get to work".
Lewis is OK with the case going to trial.