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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
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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

05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Titans' picks: Round 1/11 - Taylor Lewan, T, 6-7, 309, Michigan...The Titans weren't necessarily looking for a big left tackle when they went into this draft. But when Anthony Barr was taken at No. 9 by Minnesota, their plan for a pass rusher went by the boards. Lewan might not even start as a rookie, but will be the heir apparent to Michael Roos and could man the left tackle spot for a number of years. - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - Titans add tough-guy OT to loaded line...Two possible options for the Tennessee Titans in the first round of the NFL Draft Thursday night went by the boards before Tennessee's turn on the clock. UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr, who could have been the pass rush threat the Titans have needed for years, was taken ninth overall by the Minnesota Vikings, just before the Detroit Lions selected North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron at No. 10. That really left the Titans with one clear-cut option - Michigan tackle Taylor Lewan - even though the position is not one of immediate need for the team.

Tennessee already has veteran left tackle Michael Roos, who has been a starter since his rookie year of 2005, and recently signed right tackle Michael Oher to a four-year, $20 million contract. That could leave Lewan waiting in the wings until 2015, when Roos is scheduled to become a free agent, or perhaps move Roos to the trading block. Despite not really having a guaranteed starting spot to make an immediate impact as a rookie, the Titans pulled the trigger with the future in mind. "We thought there were three left tackles in the draft that were obvious left tackle type guys. He was one of those three," Titans general manager Ruston Webster said. "My experience has been that it's very difficult to find left tackles, and when you find a guy who can play left tackle in the National Football League, you have to do it. We were very happy that he was still there." - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - Titans add tough-guy OT to loaded line...Lewan said he prides himself on being a tough, aggressive type player who plays with a nasty streak. "I try to play as hard and fast and nasty as I possibly can. I try to play though the whistle and try to be one of the toughest guys on the field," Lewan said. "I'm really excited to be a Titan and I can't wait to get down there and be a part of of the culture. It's gonna be amazing." The selection of Lewan in the first round continues the makeover that has been going on for the past two seasons with the Titans offensive line.

It began last year with the signing of left guard Andy Levitre and the drafting of right guard Chance Warmack and center Brian Schwenkie. The Titans then released veteran David Stewart in the off-season as his injuries began to mount, and replaced him with former Baltimore Ravens first-round pick Michael Oher. That leaves Roos as the only holdover that Webster inherited when he became GM in 2012. And the nine-year veteran is in the final year of his current contract with the Titans with his scheduled replacement now on board. - The Sports Xchange

05/08/2014 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 8/3. Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan, 6-7, 309, 4.79, 1...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. Frankly: 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. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com

05/06/2014 - The Sports Xchange 2014 NFL Draft Best Team Fit: N.Y. Giants...OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan: Regardless of the type of offense coordinator Ben McAdoo plans to run, if there's no blocking then the offense is going to be doomed. With questions regarding the training camp availability of tackles Will Beatty and John Jerry, the Giants could probably use help at the tackle spot. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

05/06/2014 - Dane Brugler's 2014 NFL Draft Final Top-50: 10. Taylor Lewan OT, Michigan (6-7, 309, 4.87, rSR)...While he shows his light feet on tape, Lewan backed it up at the Combine with excellent numbers in the agility and positional drills. He needs to keep his emotions under control on the football field and play with more consistency, but he has all the tools to start at left tackle in the NFL. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

05/06/2014 - Five players who should be on the Buffalo Bills' draft radar...OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan: Marrone is a former offensive lineman and offensive line coach, himself, and there is no question that he values big, athletic blockers in his scheme. He relied upon a run-heavy ball-control offense while at Syracuse and would like to do the same in Buffalo to aid in the developing of Manuel. The Bills appear set at four of the five positions up front with veteran right tackle Erik Pears being the weak link. Should any one of the top three offensive linemen (Auburn's Greg Robinson, Texas A&M's Jake Matthews, or Lewan) still be on the board at No. 9, the Bills are likely to stampede.

Lewan is ranked third on NFLDraftScout.com's board but could be rated first by some clubs due to his four years as a standout left tackle for the Wolverines. He's certainly athletic to remain in this role in the NFL which could push up his value on draft day. Lewan is a durable tough guy but doesn't always play with the physicality nastiness that the Bills might prefer. His ability to pass protect, however, is impressive and given how defenses now frequently target slow-footed right tackles (rather to generate pressure than relying on attacking quarterbacks' blindside, teams are finding that they need a tandem of tackles and not just an elite pass blocker on the left side, where the Bills already featured a steady young performer in Cordy Glenn. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/29/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Offensive Line: Taylor Lewan, Michigan, 6-7, 309, 4.87...Lewan is a tough, 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. Frankly: 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. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

03/26/2014 - 2014 Pro Days: Trio of Wolverines star at Michigan Pro Day...In front of representatives from 29 NFL teams a trio of former Michigan Wolverines demonstrated exciting athleticism during Wednesday's Pro Day, improving their chances at getting drafted. Michigan's top-rated prospect, first round cinch Taylor Lewan, was not among them, as the highly regarded offensive tackle elected to stand on his impressive showing at the Combine and instead participate only in positional drills. Considering that some clocked him as fast as 4.79 seconds in the 40-yard dash at 6-foot-7, 309 pounds in Indianapolis, Lewan's lack of participation in timed drills Wednesday was expected. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

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

03/26/2014 - Michigan's Taylor Lewan to be charged with three misdemeanors...Lewan, who is projected to be a top-15 pick in 2014 NFL Draft, has faced some scrutiny through the draft process from both NFL teams and the media for his undisciplined attitude, on and off the field. As a four-year starter at Michigan, he admittedly has too many personal fouls on his resume, resulting from unsportsmanlike and drive-altering penalties. On-field intensity is something NFL teams can excuse, but when the wild intensity stretches past the playing field, then it becomes more of a concern.

So how does this affect his NFL Draft future? Not surprisingly, Lewan has been red-flagged by several NFL teams for his overaggressive demeanor, but the two-time Big Ten offensive lineman of the year needs to be upfront with teams regarding his extracurricular incidents and convince evaluators he can stay clean off the field. Talking to NFL contacts, no one views Lewan as a "criminal" but they do have questions about his maturity and overall discipline to be a professional. At the Combine, Lewan reinforced that the allegations aren't a reflection of his character. "That's not who I am off the field," Lewan said. "It's not the kind of person I am. It might seem that way because of the way I play football but it's not who I am." Is Lewan still in the first round discussion? Yes, but there will be several teams watching this incident with great interest to see how it plays out between now and May 8. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

02/20/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 9. Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan, 6-7, 315, 5.09, 1...Pronounced Luh-wan, this mass of might is a tough, tenacious run blocker who is still learning about being a pass blocker, but has great upside. 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 and was sometimes reminiscent of former Wolverine star Jake Long. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

12/26/2013 - Ohio State fan alleges Michigan's Lewan assaulted him...Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan was questioned by Ann Arbor police after an Ohio State fan said he was assaulted outside a downtown restaurant on Nov. 30, the Detroit Free Press reported Wednesday. The alleged assault took place after Michigan's 42-41 loss to Ohio State on Nov. 30. Police are still investigating and would not comment. Lewan has yet to be charged or arrested. Ryan Munsch, 29, of Columbus, Ohio, told the Free Press and other media outlets that Lewan assaulted him and a friend in Ann Arbor. He said Lewan punched the friend, then hit Munsch in the face, knocked him to the ground and kicked him in the ribs.

David Root, manager of The Brown Jug restaurant, told the Free Press that police viewed surveillance camera video footage that apparently was inconclusive. Root did not see the alleged incident but witnessed an ambulance pulling away and police speaking with Lewan afterward. Michigan coach Brady Hoke would not comment on the allegations. The Wolverines are in Arizona preparing the the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl against Kansas State on Saturday night in Tempe, Ariz. Lewan is expected to play in the game, a university spokesman said. The senior is an All-Big Ten player and a projected first-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. He is the Big Ten offensive lineman of the year the past two seasons and a first-team All-America in 2012. - The Sports Xchange

12/13/2013 - 2013 WALTER CAMP SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: OL Taylor Lewan, Michigan, 6-8 315, Sr., Cave Creek, AZ...For the second consecutive season, Lewan was selected to the All-Big Ten first team by the league's coaches and media and was named the Big Ten Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year. U-M's offensive captain is a two-time winner of the Hugh R. Rader Memorial Award as the team's top offensive lineman and has opened 47 career games at left tackle, including 40 consecutively. - Michigan football

12/05/2013 - 2013 ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM (COACHES): Taylor Lewan, Michigan, Tackle...Lewan, who has opened 47 career games at left tackle -- including 40 consecutive -- is only the ninth Michigan offensive lineman to be a starter for four seasons for the Maize and Blue. A semifinalist for the Rotary Lombardi Award, the Wolverines' offensive captain did not allow a sack during the 2013 regular season on his way to being recognized as the Big Ten's top offensive lineman. - Michigan football

12/05/2013 - 2013 ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): Taylor Lewan, Michigan, Tackle...Lewan is a semifinalist for the Rotary Lombardi Award, the Wolverines' offensive captain did not allow a sack during the 2013 regular season on his way to being recognized as the Big Ten's top offensive lineman. - Michigan football

12/03/2013 - 2013 BIG TEN RIMINGTON-PACE OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR: Taylor Lewan, Michigan...Lewan, who has opened 47 career games at left tackle -- including 40 consecutive -- is only the ninth Michigan offensive lineman to be a starter for four seasons for the Maize and Blue. A semifinalist for the Rotary Lombardi Award, the Wolverines' offensive captain did not allow a sack during the 2013 regular season on his way to being recognized as the Big Ten's top offensive lineman.

Lewan was a 2012 All-America first team choice by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, Associated Press, ESPN.com and SI.com. He also was an All-Big Ten first team choice by the league's coaches and media during his junior campaign. - Michigan football

11/06/2013 - Michigan's Taylor Lewan apologizes for facemask twist against Spartans...No one expected Michiganto put up a flurry of points against Michigan State's lockdown defense in East Lansing last Saturday. But neither did anyone expect Devin Gardner to be sacked seven times, take another half-dozen heavy hits, and come out of the game hurting so badly he couldn't practice Sunday or Monday -- least of all Michigan's All-American left tackle Taylor Lewan.

Lewan apologized Monday for both twisting the facemask of Spartan safety Isaiah Lewis after one play in the 29-6 defeat and grabbing the facemasks of other MSU players at other times, saying his frustration over his line's inability to protect its quarterback got the better of him. "[A] couple of those facemask deals were on accident," Lewan said, per the Detroit Free Press. "A couple of those were very blatant, and I apologize for that. "There's different ways to go about it. I lost my composure for a second. It's not OK to do. It's not representing the University of Michigan the way it should be, and it's not taking pride in the rivalry we have." - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com

11/04/2013 - NFL coaches want their linemen to play with a nasty demeanor and mauling attitude to set the tone in the trenches. But those players also need to be able to channel that emotion after the whistle blows, something that has become a question mark with Michigan senior offensive tackle Taylor Lewan. He is known as a passionate competitor, but also a player who doesn't always control that aggression and becomes a cowboy on the football field.

In the second quarter against Michigan State, Lewan was flagged for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for grabbing and twisting the helmet of Spartans safety Isaiah Lewis well after the whistle. He received another personal foul penalty later in the game and it's clear that while that nasty attitude is respected among his teammates, it will also hurt his team if he can't control himself. Lewan admitted that he was "wrong" and his head coach Brady Hoke called it "unacceptable" but time will tell if it becomes a continuing issue or if the projected top-10 pick can control his emotions on the field, especially after the whistle. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

09/16/2013 - Michigan avoided an upset on Saturday against Akron that would have rivaled its stunning 2007 loss at home to Appalachian State. Akron had beaten only one ranked team since 1987 and was a 37-point underdog going into the game. Four turnovers almost proved to be the Wolverines' undoing.

"I don't care if we are playing Saline High School or the Super Bowl champs, you can't turn the ball over," Michigan coach Brady Hoke said. QUOTE TO NOTE: "Yeah, we won the game. We're 3-0. That's great. It was embarrassing." -- Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan on the Wolverines' narrow 28-24 escape against Akron on Saturday. - The Sports Xchange

09/07/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: OT Taylor Lewan, who passed up the opportunity to be a high first-round selection in the 2013 NFL Draft in order to return to Michigan for a fifth season, has started 36 career games at left tackle -- including 29 straight. Lewan is on track to become only the ninth Michigan offensive linemen to be a four-year starter. - The Sports Xchange

09/07/2013 - ROB RANG'S 09/06/13 TOP 32 2014 DRAFT PROSPECTS: 11. Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan (6-7, 310): With an incredible combination of size and athletic ability, Lewan has earned comparisons to former Michigan standout Jake Long. He'll have his hands full this week, however, as Notre Dame and its fearsome defensive line visit Ann Arbor. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/31/2013 - ROB RANG'S 08/30/13 BIG BOARD: 11. OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan (6-7, 310, 5.04) -- Possessing an incredible combination of size and athletic ability, Lewan has earned comparisons to former Michigan standout Jake Long. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/27/2013 - MOST IMPORTANT PLAYER: OT Taylor Lewan - Not only did Lewan pass up a chance to grab a fat bonus and a big pay check while getting his NFL career started a year early, he is taking what some consider a significant risk by coming back for his senior season. The symbolic value of his move was not lost on his teammates, or his coaches. The 6-foot-8, 315-pounder from Arizona is a returning first team All-American with 35 career starts at the most critical position on the line. He is a nominee for every major award he is eligible for, and is expected to provide QB Devin Gardner with plenty more than a good insurance policy as Gardner runs the Wolverines offense. If Lewan has the kind of season many expect, he could lead this team to a Big Ten title and be a top pick in the 2014 draft. - The Sports Xchange

08/27/2013 - GRADING CBSSPORTS.COM'S ALL-AMERICA TEAM AS NFL PROSPECTS: OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan (6-6, 308, Sr.)...An imposing figure cut from the same cloth as former Wolverines All-American and 2008 No. 1 overall pick Jake Long, Lewan's athleticism and aggression could earn him a spot in the top 10 come May. If so, he'd be the first Big Ten player since Long to earn this distinction. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/13/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2013: T Taylor Lewan resisted the lure of the millions of dollars of the NFL to stick around for his senior season. The 6-8, 310-pound Lewan led a Michigan front that allowed a Big Ten low of 15 sacks during the 2012 season. - The Sports Xchange

08/13/2013 - TOP MICHIGAN PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 1. OT Taylor Lewan (6-7, 308, 4.95)...On the run, Lewan exhibits strong initial burst and quickness of the snap, and can break down in space and square up with linebackers and defensive backs at the second level. He's got some nasty to him as well, as he does a good job of sustaining and finishing blocks once engaged, with an obvious goal of driving his opponent into the turf. He's also quick to pivot and seal the edge on outside runs.

As for areas of improvement, Lewan seems to struggle with anticipation at times, as counter-moves by opposing pass-rushers tend to freeze him or leave him over-commited to one side, making it relatively easy for his opponent to to step around him. He'll also over-extend and bend at the waist when firing into defenders in the run game, leaving him susceptible to whiffing or being tossed aside easily.

Had Lewan entered the draft after last season, we would probably be seeing him in an opening day NFL starting lineup a few weeks from now, making an immediate impact as one of the league's top rookies. However, his decision to return for another year and continue growing both as a person and a player says alot about his character, and will go a long way with coaches and executives at the next level in proving his commitment to his team and to his continued development as a player. - Derek Stephens, NFLDraftScout.com

08/13/2013 - TOP MICHIGAN PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 1. OT Taylor Lewan (6-7, 308, 4.95)...Lewan is a 35-game starter, returning First-Team All-American 5th-year senior, and the talk of the town in Ann Arbor after a 2012 season performance that many feel warranted a top-10 pick in the 2013 draft. Many point to his solid performance in the Outback Bowl against fellow All-American and projected 2014 top pick Jadeveon Clowney (DE - South Carolina) as the game that really put Lewan on the map as a legitimate elite NFL prospect, but the same performance also exposed areas of needed improvement that, if corrected this year, could cement Lewan a spot as a top five selection next May. At 6-7, and 308 pounds with ideal muscular proportion throughout, Lewan possesses a prototypical frame to play either tackle spot at the next level.

Off the snap, he does a good job of getting his arms extended, and exhibits strong pop on contact to jar and slow his opponent. In pass-protection, Lewan establishes a wide base with good lower-half bend, and displays a smooth, balanced kick-slide to mirror his opponent to the edge where he sustains extention to keep the defender out of his chest. He does a good job of keeping his feet moving on bull-rush contact, re-setting nicely when initially overpowered, and exhibits a strong anchor once settled. - Derek Stephens, NFLDraftScout.com

07/25/2013 - 2013 BIG TEN PRESEASON PLAYERS TO WATCH LIST: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan...Lewan, who also was named to the 2013 national watch lists for the Outland Trophy and the Maxwell, Rotary Lombardi and Walter Camp Player of the Year Awards, has started 35 career games at left tackle, including 28 consecutive.

Lewan was a 2012 All-America first team choice by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, Associated Press, ESPN.com and SI.com. He also was named the Big Ten Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year and was an All-Big Ten first team choice by the league's coaches and media during his junior campaign. - Michigan football

07/20/2013 - 2013 WALTER CAMP WATCH LIST: OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan...Lewan, a 2012 All-America first team choice by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, is one of 12 players on the list to have previously earned Walter Camp All-America honors and one of six to have earned first team recognition. Lewan, one of six Big Ten players named to the list, also was a 2012 All-America first team choice by the Associated Press, ESPN.com and SI.com. The Big Ten Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year, Lewan was an All-Big Ten first team choice by the league's coaches and media during his junior campaign.

A three-year starter, Lewan has opened 35 career games at left tackle, including 28 consecutive. Lewan this preseason also has been named to the watch lists for the Maxwell Award, Outland Trophy and Rotary Lombardi Award. - Michigan football

07/18/2013 - 2013 LOMBARDI AWARD WATCH LIST: T Taylor Lewan, Michigan...Lewan was a 2012 All-America first-team choice by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, Associated Press, ESPN.com and SI.com. He also was named the Big Ten Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year and was an All-Big Ten first team choice by the league's coaches and media during his junior campaign. A three-year starter, Lewan has opened 35 career games at left tackle, including 28 consecutive. He previously was named to the watch list for the Maxwell Award and Outland Trophy. - Michigan football

07/17/2013 - 2013 MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST: OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan...Lewan was a 2012 All-America first team choice by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, Associated Press, ESPN.com and SI.com. He also was named the Big Ten Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year and was an All-Big Ten first team choice by the league's coaches and media during his junior campaign. A three-year starter, Lewan has opened 35 career games at left tackle, including 28 consecutive. - Michigan football

07/17/2013 - 2013 OUTLAND TROPHY WATCH LIST: Taylor Lewan, Michigan, OT...Lewan was a 2012 All-America first-team choice by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, Associated Press, ESPN.com and SI.com. He also was named the Big Ten Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year and was an All-Big Ten first team choice by the league's coaches and media during his junior campaign. A three-year starter, Lewan has opened 35 career games at left tackle, including 28 consecutive. He previously was named to the watch list for the Maxwell Award and Outland Trophy. - Michigan football

05/21/2013 - 2013 FREAKS LIST: THE 20 CRAZIEST ATHLETES IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL: 4. Taylor Lewan, Michigan, OT: A projected top-15 pick by many NFL Draft analysts if he had opted to leave Ann Arbor after last season, the towering left tackle returns this fall to anchor the Wolverines line. The 6-8, 309-pound Lewan, who's known for his both his nastiness and his nimble feet to rival coaches, would've put on quite a display had he went to Indy for the combine in February.

According to Wolverines strength coach Aaron Wellman, Lewan has clocked an electronically-timed 4.8 40-yard dash. The Arizona native has also, despite his long arms, bench pressed 275 pounds 21 times and also squats 550 pounds. In addition, this offseason Lewan improved his vertical jump to 29 inches, up from 26 last year. "He's a great worker and a great leader," said Wellman. "We're lucky he decided to come back. He is so unselfish. He came back to win a Big Ten championship and leave a legacy here."

Wellman said Lewan often will call him or spend time in his office asking him all sorts of questions about training and diet. "The nutrition piece is big for him. Anything related to him becoming a better football player, he asks about." - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com

 
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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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