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Taylor Lewan | Tackle

Team: Michigan Wolverines
Age / DOB:  (26) / 7/21/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'7" / 302

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Titans selected Michigan OT Taylor Lewan with the No. 11 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
Lewan (6-foot-7, 309) started 48 games as Michigan's left tackle, earning Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year as both a junior and senior. He measured in with 33 7/8-inch arms and ran 4.87 at the Combine, with highly impressive vertical (30 1/2") and broad (9-foot-9) jumps. Lewan has the physical makeup of an NFL blind-side protector, though draftniks believe he projects best on the right side. He's arguably a superior physical specimen to both of last year's top-two picks, Eric Fisher and Luke Joeckel. Lewan has left-tackle athleticism and right-tackle intensity. He should supplant newly-signed Michael Oher at right tackle and could replace Michael Roos, who has one year left on his deal, at left tackle in 2015. Thu, May 8, 2014 09:23:00 PM

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Michigan coach Brady Hoke responded to criticism of OT Taylor Lewan's character, saying he never had a problem with him.

Lewan was charged with three misdemeanors during an alleged December assault of an Ohio State fan. He's also been criticized for an "Eddie Haskell" personality during the process. "The only thing I know off the field is the incident where he allegedly punched a guy after the Ohio State game, and it hasn't been proven that he's done that,'" Hoke said. "For me, he's never had an issue. Until the truth comes out, I think people are always going to assume." The coach added Lewan has done extensive community outreach work in Ann Arbor. "I wasn't in any fight of any kind," Lewan said at the combine. "I was actually breaking something up and some guy said that I slugged him, but that's not who I am off the field. That's not the kind of person I am."
Mon, May 5, 2014 08:28:00 PM

The Newark Star-Ledger reported Thursday that Michigan OT Taylor Lewan can be "eliminated from consideration completely" with the Giants' No. 12 pick.

GM Jerry Reese wants the "cleanest guy possible" in the first round, and Lewan was popped with three misdemeanors during an alleged December assault of an Ohio State fan. Lewan is going in the top 10 and won't be available to the Giants regardless. NFL Network Mike Mayock's prospect crush Zack Martin could entice New York.
Fri, May 2, 2014 10:15:00 PM

On NFL Network Mike Mayock's conference call with the media, he mentioned that the Falcons will select Michigan OT Taylor Lewan "unless they trade up for Jadeveon Clowney."

It's interesting to note, that Mayock also sees Lewan as the No.2 rated tackle over Texas A & M's Jake Matthew. In ESPN's Mel Kiper's latest mock draft on Tuesday, he also slotted Michigan OT Taylor Lewan at No. 6 to the Falcons.
Thu, May 1, 2014 04:21:00 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper slotted Michigan OT Taylor Lewan No. 6 to the Falcons in Tuesday's mock draft.

No surprise given that Kiper said Monday that he expected Lewan to be a top-six pick in May's draft. Because Kiper is one of the industry's most accurate "mockers," the Lewan-to-Atlanta connection must be taken seriously. "I really think Lewan could have challenged for No. 1 had he entered the draft last season," Kiper wrote. "Match that level of value with obvious need and you could do a lot worse. Lewan can play." Jake Matthews, once generally agreed to be the No. 2 OT in the class, fell to Buffalo at No. 9.
Tue, Apr 29, 2014 10:01:00 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper said Monday that he expects Michigan OT Taylor Lewan to be a top-six pick in May's draft.

He bases this opinion on discussions with "several NFL clubs." Kiper believes Greg Robinson is the No. 1 tackle on most boards, with Lewan at No. 2, and Jake Matthews at No. 3. "If he doesn’t go (No. 2 to St. Louis)," Kiper said of Lewan, "he could go to Oakland at five, definitely to Atlanta at six. I don’t think he gets past six." The TV veteran is one of the most plugged in draft analysts in the business, and he very well might be the most. His mock drafts annually rank amongst the most accurate in the industry. Ignore him at your own risk, in other words.
Mon, Apr 28, 2014 10:18:00 PM

NFL Media analyst Charles Davis' inaugural prospect rankings included three OTs in the top six, including Michigan's Taylor Lewan at No. 6.

Davis' top three of Jadeveon Clowney, Sammy Watkins and Khalil Mack is pretty standard, and he follows them with three consecutive tackles, beginning with Auburn's Greg Robinson. What makes Davis' take interesting is that he perceives Lewan as being so close in value to Robinson and Texas A&M's Jake Matthews. "It's so hard for me to separate the "Big Three" OTs, and they are ranked 1-3 in varying orders throughout draft rooms in the NFL," Davis wrote. "What I like about Lewan is his fludity of movement, paired with a triple shot of 'nasty,' making him a player that might not get out of the top 10."
Sat, Apr 26, 2014 06:22:00 PM

The Giants are hosting Michigan OT Taylor Lewan for a pre-draft visit on Friday, according to draft insider Tony Pauline.

The Giants could be a perfect fit for Lewan's services as they are need of quality depth all across their offensive line. The Giants starting left tackle,Will Beatty, had one of his worst seasons last year, and that was before he broke his leg. Although he is healed and ready to go, it will be interesting to see if the Giants plan to make Eli Manning's blind side a priority. It's safe to say, Lewan would be a good option for the Giants current needs, however, it's not a guarantee that Lewan will be there for the Giants pick at No.12.
Fri, Apr 25, 2014 02:21:00 PM

The Raiders like Michigan OT Taylor Lewan more than Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews and Auburn OT Greg Robinson, Jerry McDonald of the Oakland Tribune reported.

Lewan's mean streak certainly suits the silver and black. He's universally considered the No. 3 OT prospect behind Matthews and Robinson, so if McDonald's report is true, and the Raiders decide to fortify their OL in the opening stanza, Oakland could be looking to trade down. If Detroit is serious about acquiring an elite WR prospect -- Sammy Watkins will likely be gone, but Mike Evans likely won't -- a fit could be available to slide down to No. 10, where Lewan should still be in play.
Wed, Apr 23, 2014 09:57:00 PM's Gil Brandt believes Michigan T Taylor Lewan or Notre Dame OL Zack Martin would be a good fit for the New York Giants.

"Taylor Lewan would be a good fit for Giants, or Zack Martin" Brandt tweeted in response to who would be a good fit for the giants at No.12. Lewan, widely regarded as one of the top three tackles in the draft, Lewan may have performed well enough in the combine to make his way into the top ten. Martin, could step in right away and contribute for the Giants, and could play tackle or slide inside to play guard if needed. Although there may be other flashy picks at No. 12, the Giants must focus on keeping Eli Manning upright, if they plan on having a successful season.
Wed, Apr 23, 2014 02:12:00 AM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranked Michigan T Taylor Lewan as the No. 5 overall prospect in the 2014 class.

"Long and athletic, he's also a very good run-blocker. Would he have gone No. 1 last year? It's possible," Kiper stated. We are not nearly as high on Lewan, noting he does not show the same lateral agility as he does in a straight line. In fact, we would have selected all three top tackles last year over Lewan. Kiper ranks the Michigan product over Jake Matthews.
Source: ESPN
Tue, Apr 22, 2014 01:00:00 PM's Charles Davis believes the Lions should stay local at No. 10 and select Michigan T Taylor Lewan.

"I don't think offensive line is out of line there at No. 10 for Detroit," Davis said on a teleconference Thursday. If the Lions end up with Lewan or Texas A&M's Jake Matthews, Davis said Detroit could shift Riley Reiff from LT to RT and "you've automatically gotten your offensive line a whole lot better and helped out Matthew Stafford. So it's not out of line that that could happen."
Sun, Apr 20, 2014 10:41:00 PM

Three NFL evaluators interviewed by expressed concerns about Michigan OT Taylor Lewan.

"There are question marks there," an NFC personnel man said. "He’s one of those love/hate guys. He worked out well, but he’s not that tough." An NFC scout said that he's "not sure" about Lewan and added that he's "not as physical as you would like." An AFC executive also had a tepid viewpoint: "Real inconsistent. You see some games, and you think he’s another Jake Long. Then, you watch him struggle. He’ll go first round; I’m just not sure where."
Sun, Apr 6, 2014 08:14:00 PM

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has said that he "thinks the world of" Michigan T Taylor Lewan.

"A team official says the Dolphins would be happy if they could somehow snag Michigan’s Taylor Lewan, who is projected by most analysts to be gone by their pick at No. 19," reports the Miami Herald. Apparently Lewan's camp is aware of Miami's interest. The Dolphins would almost certainly need to trade up in order to secure Lewan's services.
Sun, Apr 6, 2014 06:14:00 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Michigan T Taylor Lewan is a "top-15 pick based on ability."

"Lewan is a top-15 pick based on ability, but he has been red-flagged for his undisciplined attitude. Some teams will care more than others," Brugler tweeted. The recent criminal charges Lewan is facing couldn't have come at worse time. However, Lewan has denied the recent allegations against him and this is the first time he's been charged with something of this nature. Court records show no criminal charges for Lewan, aside from an unpaid parking ticket. A team that chooses to draft Lewan with a top-15 pick, will have be confident that this kind of behavior is not consistent with Lewan's character.
Thu, Mar 20, 2014 05:26:00 PM