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Taylor Lewan was one of college football's top offensive linemen.
Matt Miller Draft Projection
First round, No. 11 overall to Tennessee Titans
Big Ten Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year, 2012 and 2013. First-team All-American, 2012 and 2013. 4.79 second 40-yard dash, 9’9” broad jump.
Excellent pass protector with good footwork who is capable of handling inside and outside moves from pass rushers. A very intense, tough player. A four-year starter at Michigan who could improve against the run, and he's also an excellent zone blocker. He is the Titans' left tackle of the future. 10-year veteran Michael Roos is in a contract year, and while Tennessee signed Michael Oher of "Blind Side" fame, Lewan is the clear choice to step in eventually. Perhaps this season.
Lewan was one of the most tenacious linemen in college football, a trait which occasionally got the better of him. However, he was also one of the best left tackles, and Michigan’s offensive line will miss him. Sophomore guard Erik Magnuson has been penciled in to take over for Lewan. Magnuson started seven games at right guard last fall and stands 6’6”, 295 pounds. He is regarded as the Wolverines’ most talented linemen, but will require a learning curve moving to left tackle. He missed spring practice while recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. Sophomore Ben Braden is penciled in at right tackle but could move over to left if Magnuson falters.