Dec 28, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; Michigan Wolverines offensive lineman Taylor Lewan (77) against the Kansas State Wildcats during the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft grades: Tennessee Titans select Taylor Lewan


 

With the sixth pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Tennessee Titans selected former Michigan Wolverines’ offensive tackle Taylor Lewan.

The Titans were another team who were in the mix to take a quarterback. With both former Texas A&M Aggies’ quarterback Johnny Manziel and former Louisville Cardinals’ quarterback Teddy Bridgewater on the board, the Titans were probably tempted to take a quarterback.

The Titans also weren’t desperate for an offensive lineman so another skill player or a defensive back, which is another area of need, may have been preferable to some.

The biggest negative of the pick is that Lewan faced misdemeanor charges for an assault back in December.

Lewan, however, is regarded as a big-time talent. He has a great frame at 6’7 and 308 pounds and is a fantastic athlete. Lewan started nine games at left tackle as a redshirt freshman and never relinquished his job, starting each of the next three seasons. He was a team captain and won the Big Ten Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year award in each of the last two seasons.

Lewan is a fantastic player, but the Titans had bigger needs and clearly went with the best available player on their board.

Grade: B-


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