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2015 NFL DRAFT

Taylor Lewan, OT

School: Michigan  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Cave Creek, AZ
Height/Weight: 6-7 / 309 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
831

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.792.841.7129 30 1/29'9"4.497.39
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Mock Draft Expert Analysis

  • Atlanta Falcons | #6
    The Falcons could certainly use a pass rusher and may make the bold trade up to get one but given the investments made in the skill positions, Lewan would be a terrific consolation prize here. He has the length and physicality to play on the right side and provide an insurance policy in case incumbent left tackle Sam Baker once again struggles with injury.
  • Atlanta Falcons | #6
    The two favorites for this pick is either a pass rusher or offensive tackle and with Clowney, Mack and Robinson off the board, Jake Matthews, Anthony Barr and Lewan are the main candidates. Lewan gets the nod for me, bringing a physical style of play to Atlanta and blocking Matt Ryan's blindside.
  • Buffalo Bills | #9
    He can move to the right side and give Buffalo a nice combo at tackle.
  • Atlanta Falcons | #6
    If there is a great pass rusher left, they might take him. If not, a big left tackle will do just fine.
 

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: With good height and length, he looks the part and has the frame to play on the left side at the next level, adding nearly 50 pounds since his senior year in high school.

Possesses quick feet. A former defensive lineman, Lewan is known as a self-starter with a mean streak and nasty attitude on the field, but also emerged as more of a leader the past two seasons. Keeps his head on a swivel and has the competitive drive to win one-on-one battles.

Demonstrates enough lateral agility and balance in his kick-slide to maintain the edge, while also possessing the strength to lock up his opponent. Strong initial step when asked to fire through to the second level and targets decisively in the open field.

WEAKNESSES: Needs to stay focused to cut down on penalties and use proper footwork and technique, not simply relying on his natural ability. Struggled with jab-steps and counters back inside when battling quick, crafty defenders and tends to drop his head upon contact.

Inconsistent in terms of timing off the snap and will find himself stood up and easily pushed back at times as a result. Collapses at the elbow, too often allowing his opponent into his chest, and will get too far out in front of his feet at the second level as a run blocker.

COMPARES TO: Jake Long, St. Louis Rams - Lewan looked like the second coming of Long wearing No. 77 in the Michigan maize and blue. Lewan, who only made the switch to offensive line as a senior in high school, is certainly behind the No. 1 overall pick of the 2008 draft in terms of development, but the size, athleticism and mentality are in place to resume the Wolverines' tradition of churning out quality NFL offensive linemen.

--Dane Brugler, Rob Rang & Derek Stephens

Player Overview

Lewan is a mean-spirited, tenacious run blocker who is still learning about being a pass blocker. A defensive lineman until his senior year in high school, Lewan played 50 games at left tackle (48 as starter) for Michigan, but is just beginning to blossom.

He admits he had too many drive-killing personal fouls and needs to clean up off-field act that led to arrest, but no charge, when a fan claimed to be assaulted outside an Ann Arbor restaurant last November.

Good enough to step in at left tackle, but Lewan will learn that everybody is tough in the NFL and to be good he will need more technique.

His biggest areas of needed improvement are in technique and instincts, as his reaction to opponent movement will appear unnatural and a bit mechanical at times, but with better technical coaching in an NFL environment, Lewan certainly possesses the raw tools that if combined with better technique and instincts, could lead him to long-term dominance at the tackle position.

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Player News
05/12/2014 - After years of dodging players with character questions - having been burned by the Pacman Jones fiasco - the Titans took a couple of players with police blotter incidents on their record. First-round pick Taylor Lewan is facing three assault charges stemming from an alleged incident involving Ohio State fans and also had his name brought up in comments that he threatened a woman, though no charges were ever filed. Lewan faced the matters head on in meeting with the media after being taken 11th overall. "The thing is I explained to them everything and told them the truth," Lewan said of talking to the Titans.

As for the threat incident, Lewan said, "There is a way you need to act on the field and there is a way you need to act off the field and there is a time and a place for everything. ... Off the field I'm not the guy I'm perceived to be. I like to not only represent myself, but the Tennessee Titans in a positive manner." - The Sports Xchange

 

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