May 8, 2014
NEW YORK, N.Y. -- University of Michigan two-time All-America offensive lineman Taylor Lewan (Cave Creek, Ariz./Chaparral) became the 11th overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans during the 79th annual draft held tonight (Thursday, May 8) at Radio City Music Hall. Lewan was the first Big Ten Conference player selected.
"I can't wait to get to Tennessee," Lewan said. "This is truly a dream come true, and I am so excited about the future."
Lewan, who joins former Wolverine defensive tackle Mike Martin (2008-11) on the Titans, became the 45th Wolverine selected in the first round of the NFL Draft and the 51st U-M player chosen in the first round of the draft [All-American Football Conference (AAFC), American Football League (AFL) and NFL combined]. He is the first Michigan player selected in the first round of the draft since defensive end Brandon Graham was selected 13th overall by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2010 and the first Michigan offensive lineman chosen in the first round since Jake Long became the No. 1 pick of the Miami Dolphins in 2008.
Lewan, who opened 48 career games at left tackle -- including 41 consecutive -- was only the ninth U-M offensive lineman to be a starter for four seasons for the Maize and Blue. A first-team All-American by Sporting News, the Wolverines' offensive captain did not allow a sack during the 2013 season on his way to being recognized as the Big Ten's top offensive lineman for the second consecutive season.
U-M's first two-time All-America selection since offensive lineman Jake Long (2006-07), Lewan was also a semifinalist for the Rotary Lombardi Award, a second team Walter Camp All-America selection and recipient of the Hugh R. Rader Memorial Award. Lewan was a 2012 All-America first team choice by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, Associated Press, ESPN.com and SI.com. He also was an All-Big Ten first team choice by the league's coaches and media during his junior campaign.
The NFL Draft continues on Friday (May 9) with the second and third rounds from New York City.
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