Taylor Lewan | Offensive tackle | Michigan | 6'8, 302 pounds
Games watched: Notre Dame, Michigan State, Illinois, Ohio State, Nebraska, Virginia Tech
First word: Everyone knows No. 1 at Michigan is sacred. But for offensive linemen, the lore of No. 77 is growing. Currently worn by junior Taylor Lewan, No. 77 has previously been adorned by all-time great left tackles Jake Long and Jon Jansen. With his size and quickness, Lewan is beginning to live up to his jersey number. He was a second-team all-conference player as a junior and seemed to get better as the season rolled along. Going into his junior season, Lewan has started 22 games, all of them at left tackle.
• Is tall with long arms and an athletic build. Isn't a slow, plodding offensive lineman. Moves off the line smoothly. Consistently gets a good jump off the line of scrimmage.
• Has quick feet to move to the outside and neutralize speed rushers at the edge.
• Good at riding defenders out wide on running plays opening up the inside. Moves well laterally. Finishes off plays.
• For a player of his height, Lewan does well keeping his pads low, particularly in the run game. Gets good leg drive.
• Keeps a good base. Maintains good balance through contact. Plays out of a two- and three-point stance.
• Struggles to pick up blitzes to the insides, especially on double moves. Has to develop a better counter to secondary moves to the inside.
• Handwork technique needs work. Lets defenders inside his pads too frequently and can get pushed around. Needs to reset his hands quicker.
• Doesn't properly target players on the second level with any consistency. Will whiff completely trying to pick up a safety or quick linebacker.
• Needs to bend more at the knees and less at the waist.
• Far from a finished product on the field and is somewhat of a project. Was considered a disappointment as a redshirt freshman.