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Taylor Lewan, OT

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

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.87--29 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

  • New York Giants | #12
    The Giants' alarming fall from grace is largely due to their inability to protect Eli Manning. Whereas some head coaches might be frightened off by Lewan's tendency for over-aggression, Tom Coughlin may welcome it.
  • Buffalo Bills | #9
    A former offensive lineman and offensive line coach, Doug Marrone will have a tough time passing on the toughness and grit that Lewan brings to the field.
  • Pittsburgh Steelers | #15
    The value would be good for a team that could use him.
  • New York Giants | #12
    The Giants win when they protect Eli Manning and run the ball. Lewan gives them a better chance to do both things right away.
 

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, LT, 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 (2/6/14)

Player Overview

While not considered to be on the same level as former Wolverine Jake Long, who went No. 1 overall in 2008, Lewan has top 32 potential. A late-convert at the position (switched to the offensive line as a senior in high school), Lewan is raw but has shown continual improvement and better consistency from year to year, and certainly possesses the athleticism to end up one of the top tackles in the NFL.

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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03/26/2014 - Michigan's Taylor Lewan to be charged with three misdemeanors...Michigan senior OT Taylor Lewan will be charged with three misdemeanors following an altercation last December in Ann Arbor, according to court records (first reported by The Ann Arbor News). He is scheduled to be arraigned on April 8 on one count of aggravated assault and two counts of assault or assault and battery. The incident occurred outside an Ann Arbor bar at 12:30 a.m. on Dec. 1 when two Ohio State fans claimed an unprovoked Lewan punched and attacked them only hours after Ohio State defeated Michigan. Bucknuts, an Ohio State insider website, first reported the story on Dec. 23. When asked about the altercation at the NFL Combine, Lewan downplayed the events. "I wasn't in any fight," Lewan said. "I was actually breaking something up. Some guy said I slugged him." Detective Lt. Robert Pfannes confirmed that Lewan was the only person facing charges from that specific incident. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
 

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