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May 8, 2014

Taylor Lewan goes No. 11 to the Tennessee Titans

Former Michigan left tackle Taylor Lewan became the first Wolverine to go in the first round since Brandon Graham in 2008 when the Tennessee Titans chose him with the 11th overall pick.

Lewan is the highest overall U-M selection since left tackle Jake Long went No. 1 to the Miami Dolphins in 2008.

Thw 6-8, 308-pound senior was forecasted to go as high as No. 6 and as low as late in the first round, but settled in as the third offensive tackle taken in the draft behind Auburn's Greg Robinson at No. 2 to the St. Louis Rams and Texas A&M's Jake Matthews No. 6 to the Atlanta Falcons.

About the Titans' choice of Lewan, ESPN.com wrote: "A four-year starter at Michigan, Lewan is an outstanding pass blocker even if he doesn't have ideal arm length (33 7/8") for a left tackle prospect. He uses his quickness to take away the edge, he does an excellent job of mirroring when his assignment works back inside and he's strong enough to anchor against power.

"Though he doesn't have an elite power base and fails to generate push at times as a run blocker, he gets into position, walls off his assignments and blocks through the whistle. He's also a smart player who shows excellent awareness both in pass pro and in the run game."

SI.com's Chris Burke added: "Was this a need? Not necessarily -- the Titans have Michael Roos at LT and signed Michael Oher to play RT this offseason. So, fitting all the pieces together on this line will be a bit of challenge, though Lewan may be able to push through Oher on the depth chart. Tennessee used a Round 1 pick last year on guard Chance Warmack and has Andy Levitre at that position. Levitre is coming back from hip surgery, so perhaps Oher will be asked to try his hand at guard. It will be interesting to see how this develops."

Lewan is the only Wolverine expected to go in tonight's first round. Tackle Michael Schofield (rounds 3-4) and receiver Jeremy Gallon (rounds 4-6) will wait to hear their name called Friday or Saturday.


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