One of the things that NFL teams look at when thinking about drafting a prospect is what their character is like. We’ve seen guys drop like a ton of bricks thanks to character issues teams have with them, and not even top prospects are immune to that scrutiny.
Taylor Lewan, one of the top prospects int he draft this year, is experiencing this as he faces assault charges stemming from a punch he allegedly threw while still with the Michigan Wolverines. While no formal charges had been filed, Thursday saw misdemeanor assault charges filed against Lewan for the incident.
Online records from the 15th District Court in Ann Arbor show Lewan is scheduled for arraignment at 9 a.m. April 8. He is to be charged with one count of aggravated assault and two counts of assault or assault and battery.
Not only must Lewan fight the law, but he’s going to have to try and convince NFL teams that he’s not like Richie Incognito. Thanks to Incognito’s meathead antics in the Miami Dolphins locker room, offensive lineman are under a microscope and assaulting someone — opposing fans no less — seems to draw an unsavory comparison.