2014 NFL Draft: Taylor Lewan Scouting Report

Taylor Lewan

Michigan, LT
Height: 6’7
Weight: 315
Age: 23

Stats

Year G
2010 11
2011 13
2012 13
2013 13

Strengths:

Prototypical height and length for a left tackle and looks the part. Has the tools to be very effective as either a left or right tackle and as both a run and pass blocker. Would move from the left to the right side to take advantage of his run blocking ability. Is quick off the snap and engages defenders very quickly. Capable of protecting the edge. Moves surprisingly well on pulls and at the second level. Drive blocks very well as a run blocker and can generate movement. Good anchor as a pass protector and can hold his ground. Clean, balanced footwork to overcome some lateral deficiencies. Will mix it up and flashes the ability to get nasty. Was a four year starter at a school known for developing NFL offensive linemen. Had a very good performance at the combine.

Weaknesses:

Did not appear as effective in his senior season as he was in years past. Plays too tall at times and has to come out of his stance lower to maximize anchor strength. Less than ideal agility and lateral movement. Can be beat to the outside and can have trouble getting to wide rushers and delayed blitzes.  Could stand to tighten up his technique and hand use. Looked a little overmatched by freshman Joey Bosa in the 2013 Ohio State game. Will let his emotions get the best of him on the field. Can get caught up in the one-on-one too much and will get called for foolish personal fouls. Reportedly has a quirky personality and might not mix well in some locker rooms. Facing a lot of questions stemming from assault charges on Ohio State fans as well as his role in the Brendan Gibbons rape  scandal.

Red Flags: Moderate Character Concerns

Bottom Line: A player who would have benefitted greatly from declaring after his junior year, due to a less spectacular senior season, stiffer competition in the draft, and legal troubles, Lewan still looks the part of an easy first round talent. Lewan has a versatile skillset to play for most teams on either end of the line and possesses the size, athletic ability, and disposition to be a Pro Bowler. Can play in either a zone blocking scheme or a power-man scheme.

Comparison: Nate Solder

Grade: 9.3 (Mid-1st Round)

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