OT TAYLOR LEWAN, MICHIGAN

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6’8” – 315 lbs. – 5.25e

STATISTICAL PROFILE:

2009: Redshirt
2010: 11 GP / 9 GS (LT)
2011: 13 GP / 13 GS (LT)
2012: 13 GP / 13 GS (LT)

OVERVIEW:

Redshirted in 2009, then started the final nine contests at left tackle as a redshirt sophomore in 2010. Was named to the All-Big Ten second team as a sophomore, then the All-Big Ten first team as a junior. On pace to graduate with over forty consecutive starts at left tackle.

STRENGTHS:

•    Highly-decorated four year starter for a major collegiate program.
•    Battle-tested, has been very impressive against top defensive ends.
•    Massive player who possesses ideal height, bulk, and length.
•    Plays with an extremely aggressive, violent on-field demeanor.
•    Nasty with a killer instinct, loves to finish blocks with pancakes.
•    Possesses a jolting initial punch, strong grip allows him to sustain.
•    Very controlled in his movements, no issues with his technique.
•    Effective at attacking an opponent’s shoulder and controlling them.
•    Keeps his legs churning to drive defenders backwards in the run game.
•    Capable of securing one block and then finding an additional man.
•    Actually moves pretty well for his size, can get to the second level.

WEAKNESSES:

•    Has earned a well-deserved reputation for being a dirty player.
•    Occasionally gets his aggressiveness get the best of him on the field.
•    Probably a better fit for an inline blocking scheme than a zone system.
•    Some have speculated that he may be better-suited to the right side.
•    Has some minor character concerns which may need to be investigated.

SUMMARY:

Lewan is such a good prospect that people have started to nitpick his game, speculating that his lack of elite athleticism will force him to play on the right side in the pros, mirroring the pre-draft criticisms of former Wolverine Jake Long, a very similar player. However, that perspective overlooks the fact that Lewan has been highly effective against some of the top pass rushers in college, including Jadeveon Clowney and Stephon Tuitt. Appeals to any team seeking a massive, powerful, nasty, experienced left tackle. RD 1

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