Great Article on Michigan OT Taylor Lewan, Top 2013 NFL Draft Prospect


All year long, Taylor Lewan of Michigan is going to get Jake Long comparisons–tattoos and all.

Lewan is considered the number two overall offensive tackle prospect by ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr., and ESPN’s Big Ten crew put together a very nice piece on Lewan and how he has grown so much as a leader this last couple of years.

Here is ESPN Big Ten blogger Brian Bennett’s final word on Lewan in his article:

“A focused Lewan could stake a claim as the best lineman in the Big Ten in 2012. And that’s no joke.”

The best offensive lineman in the Big Ten is usually not just picked in the first round, but it’s common for that player to be picked within the first 15 selections every year. If Lewan winds up being one of the top two or three offensive tackles in college football this year, I see no reason why he won’t be a top 15 pick in the draft.

NFL Draft Scout has Lewan rated as the top overall tackle for the class of 2014, and at 6’7″ he still has some growing to do in his current 302 pound frame. Kiper cites Lewan’s length and athletic ability as reasons why he will be a top OT prospect, and if he can add about 15-20 more pounds of muscle to his frame, he could be an absolute beast and the comparisons to Jake Long certainly won’t stop.

Michigan has a lot of studs returning in 2012, so they are expected to be a very good team and potentially a national title contender with Denard Robinson as a potential Heisman candidate as well. They will be getting some major national exposure and Lewan could emerge not just as the top OT prospect but as one of the best players in the country overall.