File this one as a stunner. I felt it was a forgone conclusion that Michigan tackle Taylor Lewan would declare for the 2013 NFL Draft. Lewan factored into the talk of the top tackle spot, most likely behind Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel. Lewan was a virtual lock to be taken in the first round of April’s draft and could have figured into the top ten picks with a strong pre-draft process.
Lewan played admirably against Jadeveon Clowney in Michigan’s loss to the Gamecocks in the Outback Bowl. Lewan still needed work from a technical standpoint which may come with another season in Ann Arbor. Bad news for the Big 10 but great news if you’re a Michigan fan.
The 2014 NFL Draft looks to be off to a solid start with today’s announcements from Tajh Boyd and now Taylor Lewan. Left tackle is a premium position in the NFL and Lewan could be right in the middle of the top pick talks with a solid showing in his senior season. Lewan’s presence in the 2014 NFL Draft is certain to add intrigue with the likelihood of Jadeveon Clowney and Teddy Bridgewater declaring early.