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

2014 NFL Draft Profile: Taylor Lewan, OT Michigan


University of Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan is one of the top three players at his position in this year’s draft.  He is a mountain of a man who reminded Wolverines fans of Jake Long when protecting the quarterback’s blind side.  At 6’7″ and 315 pounds, he has the size to transition to either side of the offensive line and be effective.

He was a four year player at Michigan after being redshirted for one year.  He has a lot of experience with defensive linemen, since he used to be one prior to moving to the offensive line at Michigan.

He was a first team All-American twice and second team All-American once.  This year’s draft is pretty deep at the offensive tackle position, and that is the only reason why Lewan may fall out of the top 10 draft picks this year.

Strengths

  • 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

    Size – He is a HUGE man

  • quick feet
  • Nasty blocker
  • Great Strength
  • Natural ability

Weaknesses

  • Timing the snap of the ball
  • Technique needs improvement
  • Consistency

Fit For The Vikings

Minnesota has lost their swing tackle and will be looking for a player to take J’Marcus Webb’s place since he is now in free agency.

My Take

Although a swing tackle is a huge need, the Vikings won’t invest an early pick in one.  Instead, they will likely look to the later rounds of the draft or free agency to fill that hole.

 

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