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Taylor Lewan has questions surrounding his temperament which could affect his draft stock.
Taylor Lewan's path to the draft hasn't been the most straightforward.
If he'd declared last year, it's possible he would have been a top-five pick.
This year, he faces arraignment on three assault charges.
Red flags like that make a difference, and teams will start looking at other players.
For his part, Lewan remains upfront about the issue, addressing it when speaking to reporters at the combine. Per ESPN's Michael Rothstein:
I wasn't in any fight of any kind. I was actually breaking something up and some guy said that I slugged him, but that's not who I am off the field, that's not the kind of person I am.
It might seem that way because of the way I play football, but that's not the way I am as a person.
On paper, Lewan seems too talented to fall out of the first round. Any one of the Ravens, Dolphins or the Rams could take him before Gruden makes his first pick, but the fact remains that Washington is in need of a tackle.
It's true that Lewan is a left tackle, and transferring a player from a position he's played since high school isn't a sure-fire winner, but there's no doubt the Michigan lineman has the determination to pull it off.
At the combine, Lewan outlined his focus on the field. Per Eric Edholm at Yahoo! Sports:
My main focus in my game is to give my running back an opportunity to gain yards and give my quarterback the opportunity to be successful in the pocket.
My job doesn’t get many highlights, or stuff like that. I love doing what I do, whether it’s right tackle, left tackle, center or guard. It doesn’t matter as long as I have the opportunity.