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The 11th overall pick isn't usually where you draft for depth.
That being the case, the Titans were most likely looking to the future at left tackle by drafting Taylor Lewan. They signed free agent Michael Oher to a four-year deal this offseason to start at right tackle, and veteran Michael Roos is under contract for one more season after an impressive 2013 campaign.
It's possible that Lewan will be groomed to take over for Roos after the 2014 season, but for the time being, the Michigan product is preparing to play on either side, despite his lack of experience as a right tackle. Per Kevin Patra of NFL.com, he knows he has plenty to learn about working on the right side:
It's just different, something I haven't done before. My vertical set is a little off, and keeping my shoulder square (is harder), those type of things. My punch timing is a lot better on the left side than it is on the right side. But it's just learning and developing those things, and that's what you have to do to be successful.
But according to Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean, Lewan has been working hard to learn everything he can from veterans like Roos and Oher, and he's starting to see the payoff:
I am really starting to get it. Everything has slowed down for me, but some of the things these guys know and get, and all the intricate little details. … I know I still have some things to learn, but I am starting to figure things out. The mental aspect has been the toughest part, but I am getting there.
I wasn't sold on this pick and still think the Titans should have addressed more pressing needs. But if their plan is to let Lewan learn from the vets while providing depth as a swing tackle and then take over for Roos in 2015 as the starting left tackle, I'm buying his ability to develop into a blindside protector worthy of this pick.