Taylor Lewan 2013 NFL Draft prospect notes

ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 10: Taylor Lewan #77 of the Michigan Wolverines reacts after beating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 35-31 at Michigan Stadium on September 10, 2010 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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.



Strengths:

• 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.

Weaknesses:

• 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.

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