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

TAYLOR LEWAN

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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