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Michigan's Taylor Lewan: 'I was an awful defensive lineman'


Former Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan is one of the most discussed linemen in the 2014 NFL Draft. While some might question his aggressiveness on and off the field, he's drawing plenty of interest as a possible top 10 pick in May.

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And yet, we might never have heard of him had it not been for a faithful decision back in his high school days.

Appearing on NFL Network's "Path to the Draft" on Friday, Lewan explained why he made the move to the offensive line after spending his first three years in high school playing on the defensive side of the ball.

"To be brutally honest, I was an awful defensive lineman. I was terrible," Lewan said a smile. "I stood straight up every time, found the ball and chased after it. I guess I got a little faster, but that's really about it. I had the opportunity to go to a different high school, and the guy there had a lot of offers (at defensive tackle). So I went in there and started playing left tackle and everything ended up working out for me.

"Best decision I ever made."

We'll agree that was quite the fortuitous decision, with a multi-million dollar contract coming his way shortly. And kudos to Lewan for being honest when reflecting back on his play.

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt tabbed Lewan as one of nine players in this year's draft worthy of being the No. 1 overall pick, and he is expected to be one of three offensive tackles taken in the top dozen or so picks. Recent mock drafts have him landing with the Buccaneers at No. 7 and Giants at No. 12, among others.

Just note that if you're the team that does end up drafting the 6-foot-8 monster blocker, he can play left or right tackle, but avoid moving him to defense at all costs.

Follow Bryan Fischer on Twitter @BryanDFischer.



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