Ranking Tennessee Titans First Round Picks of the 21st Century
By Max Dambach
7. OT Taylor Lewan, 11th Overall in 2014 Draft
Prior to last season, Lewan would have found himself much farther down on this list. Up to that point, Lewan had not lived up to his draft billing and was nothing more than an athletic, raw offensive tackle who played with a mean-streak and a penchant for crippling penalties. Leading up to the 2016 NFL Draft, there was much speculation that Jon Robinson and the Titans would draft the consensus top tackle Laremy Tunsil out of Ole Miss and move Lewan to the RT spot. However, Coach Mularkey and Jon Robinson remained confident in Lewan’s ability to be a high level starter in the league.
This confidence turned out to be well-placed as Lewan elevated his level of play, becoming one of the top young tackles in the league and earning his first Pro Bowl nod. Lewan and Conklin have a bright future as bookends along the Titans offensive lines, but much like Conklin, with only one year of elite production, I couldn’t bring myself to move Lewan any higher on this list.