The Tennessee Titans have now signed offensive tackle, Taylor Lewan to a multi-year contract, making Lewan the last draft pick to finish a deal with the team. Although the exact terms of the contract have not been released (as of this article at least), rumors say the contract is in the neighborhood of a four year deal approaching $12 million, and a signing bonus of nearly $7 million.Lewan, an overall 11th round pick by the Titans in this year’s NFL Draft, has all the tools to really make a big difference on the offensive line for the Titans, and he’s just the kind of player that could fit well into Ken Whisenhunt‘s offensive style, where priority one is protecting the interior.
At 6 foot 7, and 309 pounds, Taylor Lewan is a beast, with attitude as well. He was a two-time Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year at Michigan, as well as an AP First-Team All-American, and along with two other tackles taken in this year’s draft by the Titans (Greg Robinson and Jake Matthews), it’s clear that the Titans plan to shore up their lines.
Lewan was a four year starter in the Big Ten, so he brings a great deal of experience to his role for the Titans, whatever that will be. He’s reportedly flexible on stance, has good footwork and great speed for a huge guy, and maintains his balance quite well.
He has the intangibles as well, playing with a marked intensity, is tough, and he put out the best 40 yard dash time of 4.79 seconds, and broad jump of 9-9, of any offensive lineman during the past combine.
Lewan has few weaknesses, but reports say that he has an odd personality, and that it takes awhile for many to warm to him. I doubt that will be an issue, but sometimes personality issues do arise in the locker room that can affect the kind of chemistry teams want to see on the field, and off.
Although strong, he has yet to develop that explosive, raw speed that you see in seasoned veterans, but that will come with time for Taylor Lewan. All-in-all, this was good ink for the Titans, and I’m excited to see what he can do.
It’s hard to say at this point whether Lewan can win the job over Michael Oher or Michael Roos, but there’s indication that he might be a backup at best at least for the 2014 season. He could be a backup as a swing tackle, but only time will tell. It’s also possible the Titans could part ways with Roos and focus on Lewan. We shall see.
What’s your prediction for Taylor Lewan?