How Taylor Lewan Fits with Tennessee Titans

Chad MintonCorrespondent IMay 8, 2014

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 08:  Taylor Lewan of the Michigan Wolverines poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after he was picked #11 overall by the during the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on May 8, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The Tennessee Titans added to the list of surprises that the NFL draft has provided so far by taking Taylor Lewan, despite offensive tackle being nowhere near the top of the list of their needs.

When Anthony Barr came off the board at the No. 9 pick, it threw a monkey wrench into the draft plans of the Titans. They needed a speed rusher, and Barr was the perfect pick.

The Titans have a handful of other pressing needs that don't include offensive tackle at the moment. However, offensive tackle could easily become the top need at this time next year.

It seems like the Titans are looking ahead with this pick of Lewan, who is arguably the best offensive tackle in this draft class.

Lewan will almost certainly not see the field that much in 2014. You have both Michael Roos and Michael Oher cemented in as starters. There's no way they get skipped over by a rookie.

The Titans were looking ahead here and planning for the future. Roos is entering the final year of his contract, and Oher has an option to opt out after this year.

According to Dane Brugler and Rob Rang of CBSSports.com, the Titans are getting a very athletic offensive tackle with a great mean streak that you need at the next level.

It may come off as somewhat of a shocker that an offensive-minded head coach like Ken Whisenhunt would pass on a quarterback or some type of immediate contributor to the offense. He must have considerable faith in what he already has on his roster moving into next season.

The foundation of a good offense starts with the offensive line, and the Titans continued on from the 2013 NFL draft by taking Lewan. They took offensive guard Chance Warmack in the first round last year.

This was purely thinking ahead for the Titans. We may not see the maximum value in this pick right now, but we could as soon as next offseason.

Look for Lewan to be the eventual replacement of Roos. He won't make many headlines in 2014, but the Titans are protected for the future at offensive tackle.

With that said, the Titans left themselves room for plenty of scrutiny if 2014 ends up being another below .500 season.