Grading the Tennessee Titans’ First-Round Selection of Taylor Lewan
The Tennessee Titans shocked pretty much everyone last night by selecting Michigan product Taylor Lewan. Lewan was an anchor on that Wolverines’ offensive line for years and was highly touted coming out.
For Tennessee, it’s not the selection that gets a bad grade from me but the available talent passed on by the team. With many other pressing needs and an extremely talented pool of players to choose from, including Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard and Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater, the Titans could have selected a player to provide instant production. Instead, the team chose to look towards the future in Lewan. With tackle Michael Roos (age 32) entering the last year of his contract, GM Ruston Webster believes he now has his eventual replacement in Lewan.
Lewan has a combination of size, speed and gritty attitude that scouts look for in a left tackle. Lewan is a proven player and is expected to start right away, whether it be on the right side or left. The Titans lose points, however, for the fact that they passed on players at positions of need who could contribute right away.
The Titans had an opportunity with the 11th pick to either trade back or take a really good, high-impact player. They instead were safe and will need to salvage their class tonight with their second-round pick. The Titans get a C+ first-round grade. Lewan was a player many believed to be a top 10 pick, and the Titans got excellent value for him at No. 11. But that doesn’t change the fact that there were better players at more important positions still on the board. We will see what the Titans will do next tonight at 7 p.m. ET.