Taylor Lewan ranked by SI as top offensive player in NFL Draft, No. 5 overall
Michigan left tackle Taylor Lewan has been ranked among the top-15 pro prospects in most projections for next spring's draft.
His stock appears to be on the rise, according to Sports Illustrated.
SI released its top 50 midseason draft prospects Thursday, and Lewan ranked No. 5 overall.
He's not only the top offensive lineman in the draft, according to SI, but the top offensive player overall. Tony Pauline writes:
The Wolverines have a history of placing talented left tackles into the NFL, and Lewan is one of the best in recent memory. He is not as dominant as former Wolverine Jake Long, but Lewan is more athletic and much better blocking in motion.
Lewan is a junior with one year of eligibility remaining. If his stock doesn't fall, though, it's possible this season will be his last in a winged helmet.
He said in July he and his father already were receiving calls from NFL types, but his focus was on this season.
"There's people trying to contact me all the time, but there's no sense in looking at that right now because if I don't do anything my junior and senior year, then what's the point?" Lewan said. "It's a good problem to have, but like I said before, my focus is leading Team 133."
"My focus is the University of Michigan, and there's no point in jumping into something and getting in trouble about it, because it's not who I am."
Michigan's offensive line has struggled this year, but Lewan has been a steady force protecting Denard Robinson's blind side.