February 20, 2014
Combine profile: Michigan OT Taylor Lewan
Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan was named a second-team All-American after starting all 13 games as a senior.
Name: Taylor Lewan
Position: Offensive tackle
Projected round: 1st-2nd
Career highlights: Second-team All-American after starting all 13 games at left tackle for the Wolverines in his senior year. He scored a touchdown against UMass his junior year, becoming the first Wolverine offensive lineman to do so since 1948.
Did you know?: Lewan had to defend himself on two occasions Thursday at the combine. He allegedly threatened a woman in 2009, and he was allegedly involved in an altercation with an Ohio State fan at the end of the season. The latter incident is still under investigation. He denied being involved in either situation.
Quotes: “I don’t know if I have swagger or anything like that. My main focus in my game is to give the running back to get yards and give my quarterback the opportunity to be successful in the pocket. My job doesn’t give me the chance to get highlights.”
“One thing I really stressed on (going into senior year) was pass protection, just because that’s so huge in the NFL. Everything in my game needs to get better but my main focus is that to get much better.”
Panthers’ level of interest: Lewan is a physical player that plays through the whistle—which resulted in a handful of personal foul penalties during his Michigan career. With some character question marks, it’s possible he falls to No. 28, though it’s unlikely. Combine and pre-draft interviews that investigate a player's background will decide where he goes, because he has the size and tools to be a top-20 pick.
--Jonathan JonesVideo, with Lewan at left tackle:
Posted by Observer Sports on February 20, 2014 at 07:20 PM | Permalink
There is no way Michigan's Lewan drops down to the Panthers, so why is Jonathan Jones even wasting his time? Get the scoop on someone that will actually be available when the Panthers make their selection in the first or second round.
Taylor Lewan is way too talented to far past the the top 20 picks in this year's draft, so keep dreaming.
Posted by: Steven Payne is a pain | Feb 21, 2014 6:35:15 AM
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