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Cowboys draft CB Jourdan Lewis who faces domestic violence charge

Defense remains the priority for the Dallas Cowboys.

The Cowboys used their first three picks in this year’s NFL draft to improve the defensive unit. They selected Michigan cornerback Jourdan Lewis with their third-round pick (92nd overall) on Friday night.

The Cowboys used their first two selections on Michigan defensive end Taco Charlton (28th overall) and Colorado cornerback Chidobe Awuzie (60th overall).

It was no secret that the Cowboys were going to target defense in this draft, and they have done so early on. The secondary clearly needed reinforcements with free agent departures in safeties Barry Church (Jacksonville) and J.J. Wilcox (Tampa Bay) and cornerbacks Brandon Carr (Baltimore) and Morris Claiborne (New York Jets).

The Cowboys have also put veteran cornerback Orlando Scandrick on the trade market.

Lewis had six interceptions in his career at Michigan, but has off-field issues. He has been charged with one misdemeanor count of domestic violence, something he has pleaded not guilty to last month. A trial date has been set for July 24, the same date for the Cowboys’ first training camp practice in Oxnard, California.

The team is scheduled to depart for Oxnard on July 22.

Former linebacker Bradie James announced the selection in Philadelphia.

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