Mock draft season is cranking up, and we’ve got new ones from Mel Kiper and Todd McShay to review.
Lewan could replace outgoing right tackle David Stewart in 2014 and be poised to move to left tackle to replace Michael Roos down the road. Lewan would certainly upgrade the position, but it would be a second consecutive first-round choice on an offensive lineman.
Given the reshaping of the defensive front and scheme changes on both sides of the ball, my gut at this stage is that the Titans will be heading in a different direction with the 11th pick.
McShay goes with UCLA outside linebacker Anthony Barr, a player the Titans will gain some insight on from new linebackers coach Lou Spanos. Spanos came to Tennessee after serving as the Bruins' defensive coordinator.
Says McShay: “Michigan OT Taylor Lewan and Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix would also fill needs here, but I think Barr would be a fit for new defensive coordinator Ray Horton's hybrid scheme, given Barr's experience working on the line and standing up as a 3-4 outside linebacker.”
I’ll lean toward McShay over Kiper here at this early stage.