Photo of Taylor Lewan
Drafted By: Titans
  • Round 1
  • Pick 11
  • Overall 11

Combine Results

Grade
6.31 ?
  • 4.87 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 29 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 30.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 117.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.39 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.49 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"They signed Michael Oher in free agency to play right tackle. Michael Roos, their starting left tackle, will turn 32 years old this season. I guess they trusted their board here. Lewan was the best available and the Titans took the best available player. He was the best athlete among offensive tackles testing at the NFL Scouting Combine. He has to get a little better in power. He has a nasty streak and occasionally you can see the power. Lewan is an immediate starter and will help the Tennessee Titans. -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'7" Height
  • 33 7/8" Arm Length
  • 309LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/4" Hands

Overview

Prepped in Arizona, where he transferred to Chaparral High as a senior and won a state championship while playing offensive line for the first time (defensive end previously). Redshirted in 2009. In '10, overtook upperclassman Mark Huyge in Week Four -- started nine of the final 10 games at left tackle, sitting out against Wisconsin (head). Started all 39 games at LT 2011-13, winning the Big Ten Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year award his last two seasons. Team captain. Faces three misdemeanor charges for allegedly assaulting two Ohio State fans during a Dec. 1 altercation. Was invited, but did not participate in the Senior Bowl.

Analysis

Strengths

Accomplished, four-year starter vs. Big Ten competition. Clean kickslide in pass protection. Good knee bend, footwork and recovery quickness to handle outside speed and inside counters. Very good balance — is seldom on the ground. Is quick climbing to the second level to reach linebackers. Plays with intensity and the game is very important to him. Tough and very durable. Produced the best 40-yard time (4.79 seconds) and broad jump (9-foot-9) of any offensive lineman at the combine.

Weaknesses

Is not a gritty, physical finisher. Has a lean lower body and does not explode on contact. Can be inverted by power and does not carry a load in his hands. Could do a better job recognizing and adjusting to the outside blitz. Quirky personality that can be easily misunderstood.

Draft Projection

Round 1

Bottom Line

An experienced, finesse left tackle with the length, agility and temperament to hold down a starting job for a long time. Is nuanced in pass protection and would fit best in a slide-lateral movement, bucket-stepping, zone-based blocking scheme. Similar in mold to Patriots 2011 17th overall selection Nate Solder. Outstanding combine performance could elevate his draft status.
-Nolan Nawrocki
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.

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