NASHVILLE, Tenn. --
Lewan was one of 30 top prospects invited to attend the first night of the draft at New York’s Radio City Music Hall and became a Titan when Tennessee selected him with the 11th overall pick. Lewan flew to Nashville the next day so he could be introduced during a press conference. Prior to that session, Lewan quickly worked in individual interviews with television stations. He left Saint Thomas Sports Park shortly after hoisting the jersey for a quick trip to his home in Arizona.
“It’s been a bunch of different emotions,” Lewan said upon arriving to the team’s practice facility. “I’m unbelievably happy to be here. I wouldn’t rather be any other place than Tennessee. I’m just more excited to get going and actually start playing football again.”
Many analysts thought Lewan could have entered the 2013 NFL Draft and been selected near the top, but he opted to return to Michigan and become the ninth four-year starter on the offensive line in Wolverines history. He said that the decision was great because of the experiences he had with teammates at Michigan. But now he’s ready for the next step.
“It’s something that excites me, the competition of going against the best of the best. It’s an unbelievable feeling and I truly can’t wait to get started,” Lewan said. “My biggest curiosity would just be the speed of everything. Obviously, the jump from high school to college is significant, just like this one will be, and it’s just getting used to it for a couple of days and then it just kind of turns into football.”
“I am excited to get reps in general. I want to play the game, so whatever that takes,” Lewan told reporters. “Am I a left guard at six-feet seven inches and 315-pounds? Maybe not, but if that’s what it takes I’m going to play left guard. It’s a great opportunity to get out there and be with the ones. It’s more of a comfort issue to just get in there and play.”
“Going against Casey – he’s a heck of a player,” said Lewan, complimenting the Titans’ sack leader in 2013. “It’s good to get out there and play against that speed. That transition will help me at tackle.”
And tackle is exactly where head coach Ken Whisenhunt envisions Lewan ultimately playing, even though the coach believes versatility is important at the position.
“In long-term thinking when you talk about game day with seven active [offensive linemen] those guys have to be able to do both, so this was a great opportunity to get him work,” Whisenhunt said.
“I want to welcome Taylor Lewan to Music City. We’re excited to have him,” Webster said the day he was drafted. “We feel we were very fortunate that we were able to pick him. We’ve had several conversations over the past few months, and I’m looking forward to what he can be for us in the future.”
The Titans have veterans
Lewan is off to a good start and working hard to make a successful transition to the NFL.
“At the end of the day I’m playing football. Everyone is just a lot stronger, faster, and more athletic,” he said. “It’s just about going out there and playing. These guys are unbelievable athletes. You go from being the most athletic guy to just another athlete.”
“I haven’t done anything yet. You get drafted in the first round, that’s great,” Lewan said. “You’re the first person the Titans picked, that’s awesome, something I’ll cherish forever, but I haven’t done anything. I don’t even have a real sign on my locker yet, so I’m ready to play ball and make this team.”
Craig Peters and Joe Fann contributed to this story