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NFL1000 Cornerback Rankings: Keenan Lewis Worth Every Penny

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Keenan Lewis, #16 (83/100)

Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Coverage: 74/80

"Keenan Lewis (6’1”, 208 lbs, five seasons) proved to be an excellent addition to the New Orleans Saints secondary. He continued his development after establishing himself as a starter with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Lewis has impressive length that he uses to disrupt receivers consistently, but his ability to mirror movement and adjust with his footwork shouldn’t be overlooked. Many cornerbacks with his size and speed are only effective when working with the sideline, but Lewis has the agility and awareness to adjust to quicker receivers inside and underneath."

Run Defense: 2/10

"Although he is a good tackler, Lewis’ lanky frame and his tendency to play high against the run limit how effective he is as a run defender. He is slow to take his eyes off his coverage assignment and close the space to the line of scrimmage, and he is too easily blocked out of plays."

Tackling: 7/10

"Because of his lean build, Lewis doesn’t deliver much punishment to receivers or running backs. His long arms and consistent technique make that a minor flaw, though, because he is able to take opponents to the ground consistently when he gets in position."

Overall

"There was no hiding for Lewis in Rob Ryan’s defense. He was a No. 1 cornerback for the first time in his career, and he proved that he was worthy of being one moving forward."

Lewis is No.1 corner the Saints desperately needed. After Rob Ryan, he was the best acquisition of last year’s offseason.

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