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Draft Scout Taylor Lewan News
05/04/13 - 2014 NFL DRAFT: EARLY TOP-50 DRAFT BOARD: 4. OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan (6-7, 310, 5.04)...Entering his fourth season as Michigan's starting left tackle, Lewan needs to tweak some technique issues. But he has NFL length, quicks and nastiness. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/09/13 - Michigan junior left tackle Taylor Lewan will hold a 6 p.m. news conference on campus Wednesday to announce his future plans, according to a news release issued by the school. The All-American has been weighing whether to return for his senior season with the Wolverines, or declare for the NFL Draft. He is rated as a top-15 prospect overall, and among the top-three tackles.
All signs have pointed toward Lewan declaring for the draft. He said after the Outback Bowl he had an idea of what he would do, but would wait to announce his decision publicly until he informed teammates. "I haven't addressed the team yet," Lewan said after the New Year's Day game. "I'll address the team, then we'll do whatever (sports information director) Justin Dickens, Coach (Brady) Hoke wants to do and how he wants to let that out to the public. "It's not fair to my team to tell y'all, then not tell them." - Kyle Meinke, Michigan Live
01/09/13 - University of Michigan football senior/junior offensive tackle Taylor Lewan (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral) announced today (Wednesday, Jan. 9) he will return for a fifth season at U-M. Lewan told his teammates at a team meeting today at Schembechler Hall and met with the media afterward at the Junge Family Champions Center.
Lewan was a 2012 All-America first team choice by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, Associated Press, ESPN.com and SI.com. He also was named the Big Ten Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year and was an All-Big Ten first team choice by the league's coaches and media. A three-year starter, Lewan has opened 35 career games at left tackle, including 28 consecutive. "I am excited to return for my senior season," said Lewan. "I always said I would evaluate things and make the best decision for me, and that's exactly what I did. "I came here four years ago as a kid from Arizona and had goals but mostly individual goals. I wanted to play my freshman year. I wanted to be an All-American left tackle. I wanted the opportunity to get to the NFL. I've done those things.
"But in these four years, I have realized it's so much more. There aren't words to describe what this great university, the program and its people mean to me. This is a special place, the legacies, the expectations, the responsibility of wearing the No. 77 jersey, the fans, the great coaches and teammates. It's an honor to be a part of this tradition and family, to wear that winged helmet and to play in the greatest stadium in the world, and I'm not ready for that to end. "I want to graduate. I want to improve to be an elite left tackle. I want to stand out there with my family on Senior Day. I want to get my 'M' ring. I want to lead some of these young offensive linemen. These are all things I would have been giving up if I left. - Michigan football
01/01/13 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan's best offensive lineman and the winner of the Big Ten's Rimington-Pace Award as the top offensive lineman in the conference, draws the extremely difficult assignment of trying to slow down South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney, a freak athlete and pass rushing machine. Clowney had 4.5 sacks in the season-ending win over Clemson, and set a school record with 13 sacks this season. Just how well the strength and technique of Lewan matches up against the speed and raw athleticism of Clowney will have a lot to say about how the Michigan quarterbacks fare in the bowl game. - The Sports Xchange
12/28/12 - Michigan junior offensive tackle Taylor Lewan won't say he has made a decision on whether to declare for the NFL draft, or return for his senior season. But he does say he has a good idea of what he'll do, and that nothing - including Tuesday's Outback Bowl against South Carolina - will affect his decision one way or the other. So, basically then, he's made a decision and is just waiting until after the bowl to make it public? "In some ways, yes, but that's really not important," Lewan said Friday after a team luncheon at the Tampa Convention Center. "What's important is Jan. 1.
"I have an idea what I'm doing. I'm almost positive what I'm doing. But at the end of the day, this bowl game doesn't have to do with what I'm going through...I'm playing football on Tuesday, Jan. 1, and I'll make my decision, and I'll talk to the coaches about it, and then we'll obviously go from there and what they want to do to get it out. Is there something that could change his mind? "No," Lewan said. "No."
Lewan said he has consulted coaches and former Michigan linemen in the NFL about the decision, but some of the most notable advice has come from Greg Harden, Michigan's director of athletic counseling. "One of his biggest things with me is I have to learn to be more independent in my decisions that I make," Lewan said. "It's all on me. At the end of the day, it's my life and it's what I have to do. "And, sometimes, what's best for you isn't always going to make people happy, whether I stay or go." - Kyle Meinke, Michigan Live