As all of the activities and festivities were taking place inside Radio City Music Hall on Thursday night for the 2014 NFL Draft, teams scrambled together their final “Big Boards,” and planned who they would pick in just a few hours. One member of the group eligible to be selected last night was University of Michigan OT Taylor Lewan.
Lewan was a prospect that many teams had their eye on, and many teams felt could anchor down their line, and ultimately, the Tennessee Titans were the team that ended up calling. Lewan ended up being one (1) pick away from being a Top 10 pick. Lewan went number 11 to the Titans.
It’s a weird pick to me, mainly because I’m not sure if Lewan is a sure-fire starter in Tennessee, they have two big time offensive tackles already in Michael Roos and Michael Oher. Lewan could be a key piece in the offensive line a little further down the road, but in order for him to see the field, he would need to be dominant in training camp.
Michigan has not had a Top 15 player drafted since the Philadelphia Eagles drafted Brandon Graham with their 13th pick in 2010. And they haven’t seen a Top 10 pick since Jake Long was selected by the Miami Dolphins with their number 1 pick in 2008.
Lewan reminds me a lot of Cleveland Browns OT Joe Thomas and I think, when he develops, he could be a very similar player. We’ll see how much playing time he gets in his rookie campaign, but he could be a very solid player for the Titans franchise.