Titans select Michigan tackle Taylor Lewan with 11th pick of NFL - WKRN News 2

Titans select Michigan tackle Taylor Lewan with 11th pick of NFL Draft

Posted: Updated: May 08, 2014 11:04 PM
The Titans drafted Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan in the first round of the NFL Draft. The Titans drafted Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan in the first round of the NFL Draft.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee Titans made Michigan tackle Taylor Lewan the 11th pick of the NFL Draft Thursday night.

Lewan said it was all a blur.  “I hear my name called and I'm in the middle of a conversation, my mom is crying to the left of me and it was just a completely surreal feeling.“

The pick surprised the experts who did not see the tackle as a need for the Titans with veterans Michael Roos and Michael Oher already anchored at those positions. Roos turns 32-years-old this season and entering the final year of his contract, setting up Lewan as the Titans’ left tackle of the future.

Head coach Ken Whisenhunt was thrilled with getting a player the team thought would go in the top eight.

“I think the bottom line with this whole thing is, he was the best player on the board. On our board, when it was our pick. And that's when it's an offensive lineman, especially a left tackle, and he's the best player on your board. That's a pretty important thing," Whisenhunt explained.

Lewan said he wants to come in and compete for a starting job, but is excited to work with Roos and the Titans veterans.
 
“There's so much I can learn, not just from him, but the veterans that are there, coming in and learning how they've been there for so long and what they've done to be successful, take those things and turn them into my own tools as well," Lewan said.

Lewan, who is six foot, seven inches tall and 310 pounds, was a four-year starter at Michigan.  
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