NFL Draft Profiles: Offensive Tackles Edition

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Dec 28, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; Michigan Wolverines offensive lineman Taylor Lewan (77) walks off the field following the game against the Kansas State Wildcats during the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl at Sun Devil Stadium. Kansas State defeated Michigan 31-14. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


HEIGHT: 6-7 WEIGHT: 309 COLLEGE: Michigan

10 YARD SPLIT: 1.64 BENCH: 29 BROAD: 9’9″

Taylor Lewan is considered to be one of the top three tackles available in the draft. Pundits suggest Lewan would have ranked above Eric Fisher should Fisher been available in this year’s draft class. It would be hard to pass on Lewan if he fell to 23 based on the best player available strategy. Some consider him a top 10 or 15 pick.

What could cause him to fall is an off-field issue stemming from an altercation in December 2013 which landed Lewan a misdemeanor assault charge. The red flag may be enough to knock him down to the second tier of tackles on the board.  Assuming the Chiefs have done their research, Lewan could prove to be a steal at 23.

Here’s what NFL Draft Scout has to say about him:

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.

He’s considered a first round pick.

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  • berttheclock

    Remember, when Dorsey was with Green Bay, they also took 4th round tackles and converted them into starting guards. Last year, Thompson continued this pattern, so when you look at the depth chart for the Packers, all four guards starting and backups are former college tackles and all were 4th round pickups. Dorsey took T J Lang and Josh Sillon and Thompson added Lane Taylor and J C Trettler

    BTW, last time Reid was involved with taking an offensive lineman with the Eagles, he took a guard at 23, Danny Watkins, and he ended up being a bust.

    • Calchiefsfan

      Reid might be the QB whisperer but I think you’re right Bert, he might want to let Dorsey make the tackle selections.

  • berttheclock

    One thing I really like about the comments of some of the tackles, especially, the ones noted for dropping into the lower rounds is their respective abilities to handle bull rushes. When, I reviewed several of the guard only types in the draft, I noticed several of them were prone to being over whelmed by bull rushes. This is a major problem both Asamoah and Jeff Allen have had to deal with in not letting more powerful defensive tackles bull rush them. As I mentioned below, Dorsey has gone with lower round tackles and moved them to guard. If they can handle bull rushes, so much the better. Allen was a college tackle moved to guard, but, he never has seemed to really fit that position.

  • Calchiefsfan

    By the way Ben, thanks for doing all the research on this. It’s going to be very interesting to see which way the Chiefs go in the draft.

    On a side note, I just got through watching WR highlights and I think I prefer Cooks then Beckham followed by Lee. Cooks is like a faster, quicker, stronger (as in harder to tackle), better hands version of Dexter McCluster. I could learn to like that pick a lot, especially if he ends up playing the slot because someone like A.J. Jenkins ends up coming on strong. I do have to say that Beckham looked pretty awesome in his own right.

  • Brian Dempsey

    I don’t see a Tackle being drafted in round 1. I also believe that Stephenson has an excellent future, as it’s not an easy feat to find an athletic Tackle like him that can play both sides. Stephenson is a keeper for sure & he wants to play in KC & I’m hoping the Chiefs can work something out with him and keep him around.