It's that time of year again. Wednesday marked the first day of the NFL Scouting Combine, where the top players of the 2014 draft class will for the first time showcase their skills and talents in front of NFL coaching staffs. Teams that are looking to upgrade their offensive lines will look no further than to Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan.
Lewan, a four year starter for the Wolverines, is ranked as one of the best offensive lineman in this year's draft and teams like the New York Giants could be a possible landing spot for the former Michigan star.
During his time at Michigan, Lewan earned All Big-Ten honors three times including being named the Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year the past two season. Standing at 6 foot 8 and weighing close to 310 pounds, Lewan posses the perfect size for an NFL offensive tackle. In college, Lewan should how good can be at both run and pass blocking, as well as playing multiple position across the offensive line playing both tackle and guard for Michigan.
So is Lewan a good fit for the Giants? The Giants biggest need this offseason is without a doubt the offensive line. New York's front five are old and injury filled last season, so the Giants need to get younger and better on the offensive line. A player like Lewan maybe an answer for one of the holes on the offensive line.
Lewan is a strong and very physical player, that can bring more youth and toughness, which head coach Tom Coughlin has said previously about what the Giants need to get better at on the O-Line. Lewan has exceptional size and strength and is often compared to All-Pro offensive tackle Jake Long, who like Lewan played his college ball at Michigan
However though, Lewan does pose some risk. He has terrible technique and used his strength and size to get away with it a lot in college. In the NFL though with defensive lineman are as strong or stronger than him. Lewan will need to improve on his technique if he wants be good pro offensive lineman. The offensive tackle also is very inconsistent when it comes to blocking in space on the second level against linebacker and safeties.
Despite his flaws, Lewan is still a very good offensive lineman and would a good fit for the Giants at No. 12 in the draft. With most experts believing that offensive lineman Greg Robinson from Auburn and Jake Matthews from Texas A&M will be gone by the time the Giants pick, Lewan would be a good pick for the Giants if they want to go with an offensive lineman. With size, strength and physical play, he would be a great fit to help them rebuild their offensive line around quarterback Eli Manning. Whether he will play tackle or guard depending on what they want do with right tackle Justin Pugh as well as the health of offensive tackle William Beatty remains to be seen, but Lewan would a great fit for the Giants with the No. 12 overall pick in the draft.
IIf Lewan can become better at blocking on the second level, he will be a solid NFL offensive lineman and draft day boom.