Taylor Lewan is Top performer for OL with 4.87 40 yd dash per NFL network
i would find this more credible if it was about Tom Crean
That is moving for a big guy!
Was he working out with Barwis? Do we know all the grads working with Barwis?
He was working out at the IMG Academy I believe.
Wow. For a guy as huge as he is that is incredible.
Michael Schofield runs an official 5.01 40 yd dash as well
If that time holds up that will be a gret time for Michael. I really hope he does well today because he deserves a chance at the next level.
You know he's pissed off big time he couldn't get it under 5 sec. He missed it by an eyelash
I guess that high school hurdles training paid off pretty well...
That's almost faster than the whole Michigan rugby team.
Imagine him playing #8... he'd be the best to ever play the position
Or any position!
Some of the other offensive linemen on the board right now for comparison -
Matt Armstrong - 5.36
Joel Bitonio - 4.97
Russell Bodine - 5.18
Conor Boffeli - 5.30
Justin Britt - 5.19
You can look at other results here - NFL Combine
Greg Robinson from Auburn ran a 4.92 at 322 lbs and Trai Turner from LSU ran a 4.93. Robinson will most likely be the top OT taken.
Working in Starbucks in Indy and Greg Robinson was being interviewd by an NFL personnel crew (I don't know which squad) at the table next to me. He's a man child.
If the big guys were wearing clogs while doing it.
There is another thread for them.
That is damn fast for a man that large.
a 4.87 is MOVING. Good for him. I hope he gets drafted high for his sake, and for recruiting.
I bet he is faster than half the tight ends at the combine. His speed is impressive.
Lewan is putting in work! He also had a 29 in. vert to go along with the 29 bench press reps. Has looked nice and fluid in the field drills as well garnering praise from the NFL network crew. He's already top ten but he's firmly putting himself in position to be the first tackle taken.
are two top OT in the draft. Lewan is #3. I doubt the combine workouts change anything about Lewan because he's a good athlete.
B1G speeeed baby
Somehow this makes last year hurt even more. But great for them; I'm glad it looks like Lewan's draft stock will turn out to be Borges-proof.
Just for comparison's sake:
2008 #1 overall Jake Long--6'7', 315lbs, 37 reps, 27.5" vert, 5.22 40
2012 #4 overall Matt Kalil-- 6'7", 306lbs, 30 reps, 27" vert, 4.99 40
2013 #1 overall Eric Fisher-- 6'7", 306lbs, 27 reps, 28.5" vert, 5.05 40
Be like Bill Dauterive in King of the Hill. Switch him to RB just to plow the ball in every once in awhile.
cut the guy some slack!
Good for him.
He is the workout freak! 9' 8" broad jump. 3rd highest in decade.
4.87?? Was he on his twosie?
That's rather impressive!
I was looking at the "analysis" on Jeremy Gallon and they said he was not a natural hands catcher. I find that kind of crazy as I recall him having great hands...
Well, as a subset of the fanbase around here is wont to say, he still lacks the leadership and toughness that this team needed! #HOTSPORTSTAKE
That said, pretty crazy a guy that big can run that fast.
But count me as someone who thought that he did a poor job representing the program. I give him the benefit of the doubt because in the end he was just a kid (a big one at that,) but his maturity was lacking.
Best of luck to him and hope that he is a better ambassador for the school in the NFL.
"Busy running from our fans."
no one will notice if next year he wears a different name and number and suits up for the maize and blue on saturdays, right?
Wow! That's impressive! I really cannot wait to see where Taylor ends up. That's very awesome with that 40 time.
Found this on his draft profile under Weaknesses: "Quirky personality that can be easily misunderstood."
But he didn't have the fastest time. There where two other guys who ran 4.84. He had the most impressive time in regards to those who have recognizable names. His time is still noteworthy considering his size. He would be a good fit in New England, his style of play is ideal for their type of system.
He had the fast official time, those other times where unofficial!
Lewan has the fastest time for an OL in the 40 this year. No one else is in the 4.8 second range. Armstead did better last year, but this year Lewan had the fastest 40 time for OL at the combine. He was also had the best broad jump (9'9", 2nd was 9'6"), 4th in 3 cone drill, 9th in the 20 yard shuttle, and 11th at bench (29 reps).
Where would you place 40 time on the importance relative to some of the other measurements?
I can see the value of quickness ... particularly lateral quickness for an OT.
I get speed is a good thing in general. But it strikes me that other things are probably more important in the grand scheme of things.
The 40 time as a whole isn't very important, but the 10 yard split is very important. Lewan's was 1.70s which is very good. Broad jump should be another that is quite important for an OL. I would say vertical too.
Tbh though, the combine does a pretty crappy job with their testing. There are a lot of tests out there that would predict performance much better than many the NFL uses... a 225 lb bench press that players rep 20,30+ times is laughably unrelated to playing football. There is no true measure of upper body power or strength in their testing battery. The jumps do an okay job of lower body power, but there are still better methods out there.
There is value in his 5/10 yard split, after that it's probably the least important drill at the combine for him, IMO.
is the best measurement for lateral movement, not 40s.
So I keep hearing calls for Wellman's head. It would seem to follow T. Lewan made a lot of these training/development gains under Wellman's guidance. I recall an article on how his body fat was really low...meaning to me if you looked at his raw poundage it was not just a gluttonous big tall dude, he had converted to a lot of muscle and structure.
I'm no S&C guy, that bias duly noted. Nice job by Lewan to elevate his stock before the draft. I hope his legacy continues far into the future. Aside, I really dislike the "Michigan in the NFL" video board advertisement, it looks like a cheap afterthought. In contrast, I would much rather have players actually go make names for themselves for multiple years ala Woodson and Brady. Everybody knows those names and not because they are on a video board.
someone went trigger happy with the downvote button in this thread.
Right?! Holy shit. I upvoted like 30 people to try to help offset it. Jeez.
I'd say Lewan goes in top 5. He is going to be a beast in the NFL. Schofield I'd guess round 6. Not sure if he makes it on Sundays long-term but I certainly hope so!
It's interesting to note that Lewan ran a faster 40 than Chad Henne at the combine. Henne ran a solid 4.92.
All I have to say. Scary