The Eagles offensive line is locked up long-term, but their NFC East rivals are not so lucky. The Redskins, Giants and Cowboys could all use offensive line talent. Michigan's Taylor Lewan could be a tough rival next season and beyond.
A former high school defensive end, Lewan converted to the offensive line in his senior year. He was recruited to Michigan and redshirted his true freshman season. In his first season of action, Lewan appeared in 11 games (nine starts) at left tackle in 2010.
In his redshirt sophomore season, Lewan was a 13-game starter for the Wolverines at left tackle and helped them win the Sugar Bowl. He was an All-Big Ten second team selection by coaches in his second year of play. As a redshirt junior, Lewan was named a first-team All-American and a Big Ten Remington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year. He was also an All-Big Ten first team selection as he started another 13 games at left tackle.
Lewan started all 13 games at left tackle in his final year at Michigan. He was once again listed as an All-American and a first team All-Big Ten selection. He finished his career with 50 games and 48 starts. He started 41 consecutive games at left tackle for the Wolverines.
He was also invited to and played in the Senior Bowl
Lewan was a breakout star at February's Combine, ranking among the top performers in four different drills.
Weight: 309 lbs
Arm Length: 33 7/8"
Hands: 9 1/4"
40: 4.87 seconds (1st among OL)
Bench Press: 29 reps
Vertical Jump: 30.5 inches (3rd among OL)
Broad Jump: 117 inches (1st among OL)
3 Cone: 7.39 seconds (4th among OL)
Shuttle: 4.49 seconds
Lewan displays good lateral movement and short-area quickness. More of a finesse blocker, Lewan is an absolute athlete with the ability to get to the second level very quickly. He has fluid hips and a sturdy bend for a big guy. Lewan is a good run blocker and can pull very well. His rare blend of size and speed makes him perfect for a zone team. He is also durable, as he made 41 straight starts at left tackle.
He is not the strongest guy and will get pushed around at times. He will not get bullied but can be overpowered and pushed back, which can collapse the pocket. He sometimes has issues recognizing blitzes and stunts. Off-the-field, he has had a few run-ins with the law.
Eagles Opponent Outlook
The Cowboys may not need a left tackle, but they do need serious help on the right side. Dallas could consider Lewan in the first round if he falls to their spot due off-the-field concerns. However, the Giants may have interest in him as well. New York has the earlier pick in the first round. Lewan is like to go in the 10-20 range of May's NFL Draft.