Taylor Lewan (OT), Michigan
6’8” | 315 lbs.
2013 collegiate honors:
All-Big Ten First Team, Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year, AP All-America Second Team
What scouts are saying:
“Lewan is not in the (Texas A&M’s Jake) Matthews/(Auburn’s Greg) Robinson tier of tackles, however, expect many teams to believe he can start immediately.” (Josh Norris, Rotoworld)
“An experienced, finesse left tackle with the length, agility and temperament to hold down a starting job for a long time. Is nuanced in pass protection and would fit best in a slide-lateral movement, bucket-stepping, zone-based blocking scheme. Similar in mold to Patriots 2011 17th overall selection Nate Solder.” (Nolan Nawrocki, NFL.com)
“Lewan is a top-15 pick based on ability, but he has been red-flagged for his undisciplined attitude. Some teams will care more than others.” (Dane Brugler, CBSSports.com)
“While not considered to be on the same level as former Wolverine Jake Long, who went No. 1 overall in 2008, Lewan has top-32 potential. A late-convert at the position (switched to the offensive line as a senior in high school), Lewan is raw but has shown continual improvement and better consistency from year to year and certainly possesses the athleticism to end up one of the top tackles in the NFL. His biggest areas of needed improvement are in technique and instincts, as his reaction to opponent movement will appear unnatural and a bit mechanical at times, but with better technical coaching in an NFL environment, Lewan certainly possesses the raw tools that if combined with better technique and instincts, could lead him to long-term dominance at the tackle position.” (CBSSports.com)
Fit for Bears:
After Phil Emery spent the team’s first-round pick a year ago on Kyle Long as a key part of successfully rebuilding the Bears’ entire offensive line, it’s a position that likely won’t command first-round attention from the team this season. Lewan, an expected first-round selection — pending his current legal issues — wouldn’t seem to be a Bears target, simply given his position and projected round of selection.