#77 Taylor Lewan, LT (2014-)
I really wanted to keep this to all former players, but I just don’t know how you could leave off Taylor Lewan.
When you look at the Titans, you see a franchise that has been historically lucky with left tackles. I mean, look at the LTs the Titans have had since the name change:
–Brad Hopkins 1997-2004
–Michael Roos 2005-2014
-Taylor Lewan 2014-
And as great as those first two were, I have to put Lewan at the top of this list if for no other reason than the fact that his accolades (3 Pro Bowls for Lewan in four years as a starter compared to 3 combined between the other two over 17 years) are so impressive.
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He is a prototype for today’s game, a combination of old-school grit with 21st century athleticism. So far it looks like he can fit into any scheme and he has had to play in a generation with the talent at EDGE league wide, far exceeds the talent of OTs.
Meaning that he has almost always had to matchup against a great pass rusher instead of only two or three times a year like OTs in the past had to.
In addition to his on the field resume, he is just something different at OT. He has started a podcast (Bussin with the Boys) with former teammate Will Compton, and it has the potential to be a culture changing thing.
For the first time, fans are getting a behind the scenes look into what it is like in the Titans locker room. Stories from guys like Delanie Walker and Arthur Smith have changed the way that listeners will go back and watch some games.
All of this is unique, but even more unique is that Lewan is transcending his position as LT. Most times you will see offensive linemen but rarely hear from them, but with Lewan you get both worlds.
National and local media alike praise him for his ability to take to the platform like a fish to water, and he may be the key to getting more eyes and attention on the Tennessee Titans.
If he keeps playing at this level he has the chance to be one of the great ones, and you really couldn’t ask for it to happen to a better or more fun guy.