As the Ravens sit in the middle of the draft order they have plenty of options to consider. So far in this series I’ve outlined Wide Receivers and a Tight End that could potentially help bolster the offensive attack. Still the Ravens could go in another obvious area of need in solidifying the Offensive Line to help protect Joe Flacco and to open holes to revamp the sagging run game. Taylor Lewan from Michigan could fit the bill. Lewan’s name has appeared as a possible selection for Baltimore in the latest round of mock drafts as a high quality tackle that may slip to the Ravens. Is he worth it?
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Height: 6’7″ Weight: 309 lbs. 40 Time: 4.87
-Height and Weight for Prototypical Left Tackle
-Quick Feet and solid lateral agility
-Powerful, plays with a Mean Streak
-Needs to increase emphasis proper technique
-Improve reaction to opponents moves; Can be mechanical
-Character concerns? Needs to cut down penalties; Off-Field issues
Lewan was a four-year starter for the Wolverines and has plenty of upside with a huge frame and physicality to match that would allow teams to pick him anywhere from the early to mid first round. He is often listed as the third best Tackle available behind Greg Robinson and Jake Matthews and while he may not exactly be in their class he represents as strong choice with great potential as a professional.
His character concerns could allow him to slip to Baltimore and I’m sure after the Ravens have done their due diligence with him they could decide if he would be a fit for what they are looking for. His mean streak is both a blessing and curse. He’s a tough hitter who often plays whistle to whistle and can bully the opposition but he’s also prone to penalties and has been involved in some off the field situations.
His game is all about power of which he has plenty to spare. There are some concerns about his technique, playing too upright and not keeping his knees bent that will need correction. Still he has a ton of potential to be a starting Left Tackle in the NFL. His athleticism and speed, which he showcased at the Combine with the fastest forty time among linemen, could make people look past his deficiencies and pick him just outside the top ten.