Michigan left tackle Taylor Lewan received a simple message from No. 1 pick Jake Long
Comparisons already have been made between Michigan left tackle Taylor Lewan and another guy who used to hold the same position, former No. 1 NFL Draft pick Jake Long.
Both started as redshirt freshmen for the Wolverines at left tackle. Both wear No. 77. Both are imposing physical athletes - Lewan at 6-foot-6 and Long at 6-foot-8. But Lewan understands that any comparisons are premature.
Here’s an extra nugget that didn’t make yesterday’s profile of Lewan, but one that illustrates the gap between the two:
The two linemen met last year on the sideline during the Ohio State game in Ann Arbor.
“He’s just standing there, and he’s a very large individual,” Lewan said. “I had my shoulder pads on and he was still wider than me. It was a little bit ridiculous.”
Long was the first overall pick of the 2008 NFL Draft and anchors the Miami Dolphins line. Lewan received a short, simple message from his predecessor.
“You better do something with that number,” Long told him.