INDIANAPOLIS — To watch a 300-plus-pound offensive lineman run the 40-yard dash is not usually considered a thing of beauty, but several offensive linemen stood out with great numbers sprinting down the sideline at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Michigan offensive lineman Taylor Lewan was one of the first players to wow scouts with outstanding numbers at the 2014 scouting combine, finishing the run in 4.87 seconds, the fastest official time among offensive linemen in Indianapolis.
He would have been the fastest a lot of other years, too.
Taylor Lewan's unofficial 40 time is 5th fastest in last 9 years.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) February 22, 2014
Of course, the 40-yard dash isn't the only workout these players will participate in, so let's take a look at the rest of Lewan's combine numbers and measurements.
|Height||Weight||Arm length||Hand size||40-yard dash||Bench press (225 pounds)||Broad jump|
|6'7"||309 pounds||33 7/8"||9 1/4"||4.87 seconds||29 reps||9'8"|
His impressive performance at the combine may help overshadow recent reports via Matt Slovin of the Michigan Daily of Lewan's involvement in an alleged rape case involving a teammate; the report indicates Lewan allegedly threatened the victim if she pursued charges.
On the field, he has been lauded for his quick feet to keep the edge pressure away from his quarterback, paired with impressive upper body strength to drive opponents off the line of scrimmage in the running game. His size, talent and temperament have earned him comparisons to another former Michigan offensive linemen, Jake Long. Via CBS Sports:
Lewan looked like the second coming of Long wearing No. 77 in the Michigan maize and blue. Lewan, who only made the switch to offensive line as a senior in high school, is certainly behind the No. 1 overall pick of the 2008 draft in terms of development, but the size, athleticism and mentality are in place to resume the Wolverines' tradition of churning out quality NFL offensive linemen.
Lewan won't be the No. 1 overall pick like Long was, but he is projected by CBS Sports to be taken in the first round, with their mock draft experts putting him anywhere from the 11th- to the 20th-overall pick.
There are plenty of teams in need of a tackle in the first round. The St. Louis Rams, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens, Miami Dolphins and Arizona Cardinals all need a top-end offensive tackle.
Taylor Lewan asked about Brendan Gibbons situation denies making the comments he's alleged to have made to the victim.— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) February 20, 2014
If Lewan's play on the field at the pro level is as impressive as his performance in shorts and a t-shirt in Indianapolis, he'll be a star in no time.