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Posted on Sat, Jul 28, 2012 : 5:58 a.m.

Michigan OL Taylor Lewan already getting calls from NFL types, but isn't picking up

By Kyle Meinke


As Taylor Lewan's profile grows, so does his NFL projections. The Michigan left tackle, who is entering his junior season, already is projected as a first-round pick for next year's draft.

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CHICAGO -- The Michigan football team's biggest star certainly is quarterback Denard Robinson, but its best future pro could be left tackle Taylor Lewan.

Apparently, word is getting around.

ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. already projects Lewan as a top-15 pick in next year's draft, should the junior elect to forgo his senior season. Now, it appears he already has voices in his ear telling him he should do just that.

Lewan said Friday at the Big Ten media days in Chicago that he and his father began receiving calls from NFL types this summer.

"There's people trying to contact me all the time, but there's no sense in looking at that right now because if I don't do anything my junior and senior year, then what's the point?" Lewan said.

"It's a good problem to have, but like I said before, my focus is leading Team 133."

Lewan said the callers don't leave messages, and he doesn't call them back.

"My focus is the University of Michigan, and there's no point in jumping into something and getting in trouble about it, because it's not who I am," he said. "No one has talked to me yet, because I haven't talked to them. They get nervous about leaving voicemails."

Lewan said he's sought the advice of a couple former Michigan offensive linemen who have gone through a similar process, including tackles Jake Long and Jon Jansen.

Long could have left school after an All-American junior season, but elected to stay. The left tackle became the No. 1 overall pick of the Miami Dolphins in 2008.

Jansen, like Lewan, started from the time he was a freshman. He stuck around for his senior season and became a second-round pick of the Washington Redskins in 2009.

"He kind of just told me don't worry about the hype, and just go play football," Lewan said of Jansen. "That's actually helped me a lot, coming from someone like him.

"I think when the time comes for me to worry about where I go after Michigan, then I'll definitely reach out to other Michigan football players and fill in that process. But right now, I have to focus on leading this team."

Lewan is a junior from Scottsdale, Ariz., and has started 22 of a possible 26 games since redshirting as a true freshman. He was named second-team All-Big Ten by the coaches and honorable mention by the media after last season, when he started every game as a sophomore.

He appears to be primed to have his best season yet.

Lewan said he's "absolutely" stronger than he's ever been, which is saying something for a guy who has largely dominated since stepping into the lineup as a redshirt freshman. He said he's up to about 310 pounds, after playing last year at 302, and has trimmed out to about 4- or 5-percent body fat.

That could portend good things for Michigan -- but of course, another standout season means the NFL pressure will continue to build.

When asked if he is doing any specific preparations for the NFL, Lewan noted he's reading a book penned by former Michigan coaching great Bo Schembechler.

"In this book, he says that if you just focus on the job you have right now to the best of your abilities, other jobs will come," Lewan said. "And that's what I'm trying to do right now, is just focus on Michigan, Team 133 and leading.

"When it comes time to move on, then I'll address it."

Kyle Meinke covers Michigan football for He can be reached at 734-623-2588, by email at and followed on Twitter @kmeinke.


Steve McQueen

Tue, Jul 31, 2012 : 6:29 a.m.

4 or 5 percent body fat has to either be a misprint or unsubstantiated data. That is pro body builder bf... anything less than that is seriously unhealthy. I love Taylor but that photo above looks more like a man who is in the low teens in bf...and that is seriously great for an OL.

Steve McQueen

Tue, Jul 31, 2012 : 6:27 a.m.

Taylor is set to have a great year. I watched tape of him mauling the thug from sparty and he was impressive. It is good to hear that he is focused on football and not the NFL. That will come.


Mon, Jul 30, 2012 : 1:06 p.m.

good attitude, if he performs up to his ability, the rest of this takes care of itself.......


Sun, Jul 29, 2012 : 7:13 p.m.

310 pounds at 4 or 5% body fat? Wow! He must look like one of those WWE guys. Looking to the greats who came before him as well as reading a book by Bo...I think he's got his head on straight and will make the right decision when the time comes. In the meantime, it sounds like his focus is where it should be for the upcoming season.


Tue, Jul 31, 2012 : 1:04 a.m.

Uh, there's absolutely no way he's 4-5 % body fat.


Sat, Jul 28, 2012 : 3:27 p.m.

Taylor, Often than not, the NFL players will tell you that they had more fun in college (despite academics) than in the pros (with one exception, $$$). Have a great season footballwise and academicwise. GO BLUE!

Billy Bob Schwartz

Sat, Jul 28, 2012 : 3:02 p.m.

Sounds like a great attitude. Concentrate on the job at hand. Deal with the other stuff another time. I, too, hope he completes his junior and senior years and graduates. Still, when the money dangles in front of your eyes, it's difficult to look away. Here's hoping! Have a great year leading Michigan football.


Sat, Jul 28, 2012 : 2:42 p.m.

Those who stay will be champions...I would hope Taylor Lewan completes all four years, gets his degree, maybe garnish a few more awards for his play and then play in the NFL, get lots of money like Jake Long did.


Tue, Jul 31, 2012 : 1:03 a.m.

How many championships has MSU had in the last 40 years?


Sun, Jul 29, 2012 : 12:32 a.m.

Champions? When did that last happen? LOL! Where's the threat?


Sat, Jul 28, 2012 : 1:56 p.m.

Huge. With that frame he could put on another 25 lbs. and still be lean.