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OT Taylor Lewan – Scouting Report

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NFL Scouting Combine performance: Taylor Lewan

Name:  Taylor Lewan

School / Player Number:  Michigan, #77

Position:  OT

Ht:  6’7”

Wt:  309lbs

Position Rank:  2

Overall Rank:  4

Daily Football Report Grade – 1st Round

NFL Projected Round – 1st Round

NFL Projection – Impact Player

High School Career  

High School – Chaparral High School, Cave Creek, AZ

Senior Season – Started every contest along the offensive line for Chaparral.

Junior Season – Played defensive line at Cave Creek Cactus Shadows totaling 46 tackles and two sacks.

Accomplishments – Helped lead his team to Class 4A-1 state championship game senior season.  Awarded 2008 Frank Kush Award as state of Arizona’s top interior offensive lineman.  Named 1st-Team All-State and All-Region senior season.

Rankings – Ranked #20 OT in the country and a four star prospect by Scout; ESPN ranked #12 OT in the country and a four star prospect; 247sports composite ranked #11 OT in the country and a four star prospect; Ranked #16 OT in the country by Rivals and a four star prospect.

Notable Scholarship Offers – Michigan, Arizona State, Arizona, Oregon, Miami (Fl), Wisconsin, Minnesota.

Comments – Only played one year on offensive line in high school after moving over from defensive line prior to senior year.  Transferred from Cave Creek Cactus Shadows to Chaparral prior to senior season.  Father played football at University of Minnesota but Lewan chose to join his friend and highly recruited high school teammate, Craig Roh at Michigan. 

Collegiate Career

2009 – Redshirted his first season.  Did not see any game action.

2010 – Saw action in a total of 11 contests, starting nine at left tackle.  Took over as a starter in week four and never relinquished rest of his career.  Earned 2nd-Team All-Freshman honors.

2011 – Started all 13 games at left tackle including Sugar Bowl victory over Virginia Tech.  Named 2nd – Team All-Big Ten by the coaches.

2012 – Started every game for the Wolverines at left tackle for the second consecutive season earning 1st-Team All-American and 1st-Team All-Big Ten honors for his efforts.  Named Big Ten Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year Award.

2013 – For the third consecutive season Lewan started all 13 contests at left tackle earning1st-Team All-American and All-Big Ten honors for the second consecutive season.  Awarded for the Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year Award once again for his play.  NamedTeam Captain by his teammates prior to the start of the 2013 season.  Finalist for Lombardi Award.

Comments – Enjoyed a truly historic career at Michigan and will go down as one of the most decorated players in their storied history.  Started 41 consecutive games earning All-Big Ten honors three consecutive seasons and was also named two-time Offensive Lineman of the Year in the Big Ten conference. On an individual level there is little that Lewan did not accomplish at Michigan and he carried on the tradition of the #77 jersey number quite well.  

NFL Skill Set Scouting Report

Description Analysis
Size/Speed: Possesses tremendous size and frame for position; Actually appears a little lean and has frame to put on additional 5-10lbs, if needed; Has outstanding speed for OT running under a 4.9 at 309lbs; Has long arms.
Athletic Ability: Tremendous quickness and athleticism; Outstanding overall athleticism; Runs almost like a tight end.
Playing Strength: Very tough player and has reputation of being nasty on the field, which is not a bad thing in the NFL; Is very strong and has excellent playing strength; Once he locks on to opponent it is usually over.
Pass Protection: Dominated most opponents at college level in pass pro; Rarely beaten; Potential to develop into a top flight pass protector due to long arms, quick feet and agility; Good hand placement; Moves extremely well; Good initial quickness off snap and can hold his base versus power rushers.
Run Block: Moves very well and gets to second level quickly; Is able to pull effectively; Technique needs refinement as he stands up too much when attempting to drive opponent back; Lacks explosiveness off of snap.
Quickness/Agility: Very good foot speed and quickness for such a large man; Good flexibility, has good knee bend but is inconsistent and has a habit of standing up and bending at waist in run blocking; Moves well laterally; Can redirect easily and has ability to recover quickly.
Shuffle/Slide: Has great feet enabling him to shuffle and slide quite well; Has been well coached in his footwork and plays with consistent balance.
Hand Usage/Punch: Uses hands well, locks out arms, which are long; Has decent punch in pass pro.
Awareness: Inconsistent in this area; Does not consistently recognize stunts and blitzes but is able to recover at times due to athleticism and frame; Does a good job of getting to second level and recognizing blocking assignment; Extremely intense on the field.
Durability: Has proven to be very durable; Left Alabama game in 2012 with leg injury and 2013 game versus Penn State with undisclosed injury; Tough as they come, battles thru pain and never missed a start; Finished his career with 41 consecutive starts.

 

2014 Combine

40 yd dash

Hand Size

Vertical jump

Broad jump

4.87

9 ¼’’

30 ½’’

9’9

Short Shuttle

Arm Length

Bench press

Three-cone

DNP

 33 7/8’’

29

DNP

2014 Pro Day

40 yd dash

Hand Size

Vertical jump

Broad jump

DNP

N/A

DNP

DNP

Short Shuttle

Arm Length

Bench press

Three-cone

DNP

N/A

DNP

DNP


Summary

Lewan is one of the most highly decorated players in this draft after an outstanding career at the University of Michigan where he was a four-year starter at left tackle.  Physically, this kid has everything you look for in a franchise left tackle.  He possesses ideal height and athleticism and could actually add a few more pounds to his frame, particularly in his lower body.  Lewan has tremendous playing strength, a nasty attitude you like in an NFL offensive lineman and has been well coached in college.

Despite playing only one year on the offensive line in high school Lewan earned a starting job as a redshirt freshman and has allowed Michigan to write his name in the starting lineup every week for four years, never missing a start.  His performance at the NFL combine was almost unanimously considered the best among all offensive linemen in attendance.  Lewan is an intense, passionate player that gives you everything he’s got on the field. In reviewing his tape there were countless times when he appeared to be hurt but the kid just kept getting up for more.  His toughness cannot be questioned. Lewan’s strength is in his pass protection though he is solid in the run game he lacks the explosiveness at this time to be considered elite.  Because he is such an intense player he has a tendency to allow his emotions to take over and will commit avoidable penalties at times but this can be corrected.

Overall, there is little not to like about Lewan’s game.  His stock hit an all-time high after his performance versus Jadeveon Clowney in their bowl matchup on January 1st, 2013 in which Lewan stone walled Clowney throughout the game (Clowney’s big hit came on play in which Lewan was not responsible for Clowney on that play).  After this game there were rumors that he may consider making himself eligible for the 2013 NFL Draft.  If he had he more than likely would have been the number one pick overall over Eric Fisher.  This year’s draft is much stronger and thus he will not go that high but it is not due to his game declining in 2013.  I actually felt in watching the tape that Lewan had his best season as a senior despite the struggles of the Michigan offensive line.  His experience and talent should enable him to be an immediate starter at the next level and the team that drafts him will more than likely not have to worry about left tackle for many years.  I believe he possesses possible Pro Bowl ability once he acclimates himself to the NFL game.  With his ability and upside he will not last long on draft day and should be off the board within the first 10 picks in round one.