Previously I’ve tackled (pun intended) prospects Greg Robinson and Jake Matthews because they are generally regarded as the best offensive linemen talent in the draft. The dark horse in that elite group emerged during NFL combine in the form of Michigan standout Taylor Lewan.
Lewan apparently put on quite a show for pro scouts, running a 4.87 second 40 yard dash- the fastest of any O-lineman in 9 years. At 6’7″, 309 pounds, that’s mighty impressive. 29 reps on the bench don’t scream strength, but considering many scouts have taken that particular drill less seriously, it won’t mean much on draft day.
He’s still thought to have great upper body strength and the ability to control his man at the line of scrimmage, especially in the running game.
Taylor Lewan’s unofficial 40 time is 5th fastest in last 9 years.
His size, stature and being from Michigan have drawn comparisons to the former 2008 number 1 overall draft pick Jake Long, though he’s not as universally heralded as Long was.
Taylor Lewan has only been playing offensive line since his senior year of high school, so he’s considered a little more raw than Greg Robinson or Jake Long at the same point in his career, but his over-all speed, athleticism, strength and toughness make him a strong candidate for being a top 3 tackle in this year’s draft.
The only reason he may not go as high as his talent allows is because he’s been linked to some pretty serious off-field issues. Without getting too deep into the matter, it should be known that he’s been embroiled in an alleged rape case.
He himself is not implicated in the crime directly, but he was accused of intimidating the victim to keep her from pursuing charges.
That could mean a lot of things and should be handled sensitively as teams consider his draft position. His talent, however, may overshadow the situation before its finally resolved.
Why he fits in with the Chiefs: think of him as Eric Fisher, but faster and from a much bigger school.
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