Taylor Lewan

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Taylor Lewan
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Lewan with the Tennessee Titans
No. 77 Tennessee Titans
Position: Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1991-07-22) July 22, 1991 (age 25)
Place of birth: Scottsdale, Arizona
Height: 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Weight: 309 lb (140 kg)
Career information
High school: Scottsdale (AZ) Chaparral
College: Michigan
NFL Draft: 2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2016
Games played: 42
Games started: 37
Touchdowns: 1
Player stats at NFL.com

Taylor Curtis Lewan (born July 21, 1991) is an American football offensive tackle for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Titans in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at Michigan. Lewan redshirted his freshman season in 2009. In 2010, he took over the starting left tackle role from Mark Huyge in the fourth game versus Bowling Green.[3] He was second team All-Big Ten Conference following the 2011 Big Ten Conference football season for the 2011 team. He was named the 2012 and 2013 Big Ten Conference Offensive Lineman of the Year and a 2012 All-Big Ten first team selection by both the coaches and the media for the 2012 team. Taylor was named First Team All-American by the Walter Camp Organization in 2012. He completed his redshirt senior season for the 2013 team.

Early years[edit]

Lewan's father, Dave, was an offensive lineman at the University of Minnesota. Prior to playing there, Dave Lewan played high school football for Oakridge Secondary School in London, Ontario, Canada, when his father's job took him to London from Minnesota. Taylor Lewan played his first three years of high school football for Cactus Shadows in Cave Creek, Arizona. He was a defensive end before transferring to Chaparral High School for his senior season, where he became an offensive lineman.[4][5]

Lewan was rated as a four-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com. He was selected as the fifth-best player in the state of Arizona and the 194th player nationally by Rivals.com. He was listed as the No. 3 most athletic offensive lineman and the fifth-most agile offensive lineman according to Rivals.com. He was a SuperPrep All-American and the nation's No. 10 overall offensive line prospect. He was selected to participate in the Under Armour All-America Game.[6]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Taylor Lewan
Scottsdale, Arizona Chaparral (AZ) 6 ft 6.5 in (1.99 m) 270 lb (120 kg) 4.645 Dec 14, 2008 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 80
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 20 (OT)   Rivals: 194, 16 (OT), 5 (AZ)  ESPN: 148, 12 (OT)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


College career[edit]

2009 season[edit]

Lewan with the Wolverines in 2012

Lewan enrolled at the University of Michigan, where he majored in Kinesiology, and redshirted his freshman year.[7][8]

2010 season[edit]

Although Lewan did not play in the 2010 season opener, he appeared in 11 games, including nine as a starter, during the 2010 season.[9]

He was rewarded with a starting role in the Bowling Green game. Michigan's offense displayed one of the top rushing attacks in the country, with quarterback Denard Robinson as the team's leading rusher behind protection by Lewan and fellow offensive linemen David Molk, Patrick Omameh, Steven Schilling, and Perry Dorrestein.

However, Lewan also displayed a knack for ill-timed, drive-killing penalties, mostly for false starts and personal fouls. These were attributed to his youth and aggressive nature on the field.[10][11]

In the first quarter of the Purdue game, Lewan recovered a fumble and returned it for 11 yards.[12]

After the 2010 season, Lewan was named by CollegeFootballNews.com to its Freshman All-America second team.[9]

2011 season[edit]

As a redshirt sophomore, Lewan was a starting offensive tackle for the Wolverines. After failing to draw a penalty in Michigan's early games, Lewan was praised for becoming a more intelligent player.[13] He was Michigan's starting left tackle in the first seven games of the season and was named to Phil Steele's Midseason All-Big Ten second team.[9] Following the 2011 Big Ten Conference football season, he earned second team All-conference recognition.[14][15] He was an honorable mention All-American selectee by the Pro Football Weekly.[16]

2012 season[edit]

Prior to the 2012 season, Lewan was selected by the media as one of five Big Ten Offensive players to watch along with teammate Denard Robinson as voted by the media.[17] Following the season, he was named the Big Ten Conference Offensive Lineman of the Year and named to the All-Big Ten first team by both the coaches and the media.[18][19] Lewan was a 2012 College Football All-America Team selection by the Associated Press (1st team),[20] ESPN (1st team),[21] Walter Camp Football Foundation (1st team),[22] Lindy's Sports (1st team),[23] Sports Illustrated (1st team),[24] CBSSports.com (2nd team), FoxSportsNext.com (Scout.com 2nd team),[25][26] and Pro Football Weekly (honorable mention).[27] CBSSports.com also named Lewan along with punter Will Hagerup to their All-Big Ten team.[28]

2013 season[edit]

After the 2013 season, Lewan was named Big Ten Conference Offensive Lineman of the Year for the second season in a row.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 7⅛ in 309 lb 33⅞ in 9¼ in 4.87 s 1.70 s 4.49 s 7.39 s 30½ in 9 ft 9 in 29 reps
All values from NFL Combine[29]

Lewan was selected by the Tennessee Titans as the eleventh pick of the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.[30]

He signed a four-year $11.48 million fully-guaranteed contract and a signing bonus of $6.67 million.[31] In his rookie year, Lewan played in 11 games starting six of them due to injuries, he was named to PFWA All-Rookie team. Coming into the 2015 season, Lewan was named the Titans starting left tackle. He started in 15 games and allowed five sacks.[32]

On November 13, 2016, Lewan was ejected during the first quarter in a game against the Green Bay Packers after pushing a referee during an altercation with Green Bay defensive tackle Letroy Guion.[33] He was selected to his first Pro Bowl for the 2016 season.[34]

On April 25, 2017, the Titans picked up the fifth-year option on Lewan's rookie contract.[35] He was ranked 72nd by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2017.

Legal troubles[edit]

On October 30, 2014, Lewan pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges of drunk and disorderly and disturbing the peace in a Washtenaw County district courthouse. The plea deal included the dismissal of one count of aggravated assault and two counts of assault and battery. These charges stemmed from an incident where he allegedly assaulted two Ohio State fans outside of the Brown Jug restaurant during the early morning hours of December 1, 2013.[36]


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  3. ^ Pete Bigelow. "Michigan left tackle Taylor Lewan received a simple message from No. 1 pick Jake Long". AnnArbor.com. 
  4. ^ Richard Obert (July 2, 2008). "Lewan's switch to offense makes him bigger recruit". Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Ariz. 
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  6. ^ Josh Helmholdt (January 6, 2009). "Michigan commits take part in pair of weekend all-star games". Detroit Free Press. 
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  29. ^ http://www.nfl.com/combine/profiles/taylor-lewan?id=2543467
  30. ^ Tennessee Titans draft Michigan tackle Taylor Lewan
  31. ^ "Sportrac.com:Taylor Lewan contract". Sportrac.com. Retrieved November 14, 2016. 
  32. ^ [1]
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  34. ^ "NFL announces 2017 Pro Bowl rosters". NFL.com. December 20, 2016. 
  35. ^ Alper, Josh (April 25, 2017). "Titans pick up Taylor Lewan’s 2018 option". ProFootballTalk.NBCSports.com. 
  36. ^ http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2014/10/ex-michigan_football_lineman_t.html

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