Arraignment For Michigan T Taylor Lewan Won’t Take Place Until After Draft

There are probably quite a few teams that were hoping for a little clarity prior to the 2014 NFL Draft when it comes to the legal problems facing Michigan tackle Taylor Lewan, but it now appears that won’t be the case.

According to Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com, Lewan’s arraignment for three misdemeanor assault charges has now been postponed from Tuesday until after the draft takes place.

Lewan is facing one count of aggravated assault and two counts of assault or assault and battery in a Dec. 1, 2013, incident that reportedly included him fighting with Ohio State fans. Lewan, who many consider to be the third-rated tackle in the draft, has denied any wrongdoing in the case.

If you believe the report filed late last month by Jeremy Fowler of CBS Sports, the Pittsburgh Steelers have done a lot of research on Lewan over the course of the offseason and that includes having several people in and out of Ann Arbor.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and new offensive line coach Mike Munchak reportedly both attended the Michigan Pro Day last month to observe Lewan and Michigan’s other tackle, Michael Schofield.

Lewan was named the Big Ten’s offensive lineman of the year the past two seasons after starting 48 games at left tackle.

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  • Steelers58

    What if he dropped to the second rd. and he was there for us to pick up. What would the FO do?

  • Jeff

    Wow, I was just going to ask this question almost verbatim…. If he somehow dropped that far it’d be something to think about.

  • srdan

    That woudl be attractive

  • steeltown

    They would make him their 2nd Rd selection, no doubt

  • Paddy

    He could be their cant miss tackle for a change

  • TheBlitz

    Here is my take on the draft:

    If this guy is truly the real deal and somehow drops to 1:15, I would hope they draft him. In fact I won’t be surprised if they do, given all the homework they’ve done already on him.

    I’m not going to debate over who else could be there at 1:15, but simply why he shouldn’t be overlooked if he is there and why drafting him makes sense.

    A good reason is that this guy could solidify the LT position for this team hopefully for years to come. Last season Beachum was simply a stop gap and nothing else. He shouldn’t be seen as the long term solution at LT.

    On the other hand, Mike Adams may never really blossom to become the LT we all hope he will be even with a HOF coach fine-tuning his technique. In fact he may simply be a better RT than LT, and nothing else.

    I know the majority of the fan base will not agree and would rather hope they draft a CB instead. But a corner will not start for this team next season. We all know that – it’s a given. Why then waste a 1st round pick on a guy who isn’t going to start year 1 ? However, a LT will. If he is there, take him.

    The strength of this team is the offense. Why not solidify it !? In fact I’m willing to even take a guy like Evans over the best corner for that same reason.

    But I don’t wanna get into all that. I just want to propose my draft strategy. Which is the following: Draft the best LT out of the top 3 LT left on the board in 1st round – because the drop in talent after them is huge. Then fill the other gaps on offense at WR in round 2.

    A few prospects at WR come to mind: Davante Adams, Donte Moncrief, Allen Robinson, Jordan Matthews. One of them should still be there when they pick in round 2.

    If you add:
    1- A good LT in round 1 to protect Ben and help the run game
    2- Then a red zone target at WR in round 2
    Finally if you add to that a running game that’s looking very promising, Antonio Brown and Heath, this offense could be very good and maybe even scary!

    Then in round 3 and even 4, they get their corners. Both will have a year to learn, and hopefully 1 one them could start in year 2 when Ike retires.

    That’s how I hope the Steelers approach the first 3 or 4 rounds next month.

  • Steelers58

    You pass on lewan at 1:15 cause his court hearing isn’t till after the draft. That will scare teams away, cause he might go to jail. However if he drops to us in the second I would take him ASAP. That would be worth the risk, getting a franchise LT in the 2 nd rd

  • TheBlitz

    That’s a good point.

    Honestly I didn’t spend a lot of time thinking about the repercussions of his assault case. I was thinking more about draft strategy assuming he will not get hurt by all the allegations. My mindset was prior from his stock falling because of all this.

    But honestly I think he will be gone before we pick in round 2 @ 46.

  • Paddy

    He aint goin to jail

  • Paddy

    If he is avail. at 15 they will take him

  • Randy Neff

    Lewan would make this OL very impressive. I love his fire and athleticism. Glad to see the Steelers were doing their homework on him.

  • TheBlitz

    I’m almost positive he will be there given all the new development in his case.

    Question is: Will they pull the trigger !?

  • Steelers58

    U never know. Do u know his case.
    All I’m saying is taking him at 1 15 is a risk.
    In the past things like this caused players to fall in the draft. Like if u smoke weed and get caught and lie about it.
    But if lewan falls to the second Rd I d take him then

  • James Kling

    If Clowney is worth a top-5 pick, and Lewan battled him to a draw, what are we to infer?

  • pat

    Its a misdemeanor charge no jail time just probation if any jail time its less than 30 days

  • Fu-Schnickens

    Come on…let’s be realistic. Don’t you think that there are any of the teams ahead of you in the 2nd round that might also be shocked to get him too? Keep your highs low and your lows high.

  • Zachary Smith

    I’m not sure the State of Pennsylvania will love his fire

  • steelster

    Didn’t Chris Rainey have a assault problem ?