Conor Orr of NJ.com reported that the New York Football Giants hosted former University of Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan for team visit on Thursday. Orr cited an unnamed source as providing the information for his story.
Typically the Giants do not bring in many draft prospects for a visit, but in Lewan's case, the team may be interested in selecting the massive offensive tackle and want some answers to lingering questions about his character. Based upon his NFL combine results; there is little doubt that Lewan appears to be a high draft pick.
Instead of his athletic ability, New York likely focused on Lewan's recent arrest on assault charges emanating from a confrontation with some Ohio State fans in December 2013.
Orr writes, "Lewan has his fair share of troubles off the field but is the latest prospect to see a massive pre-draft spike in his value. Mel Kiper thinks he won't last past the No. 6 pick."
Greg Robinson of Auburn and Jake Matthews of Texas A&M appear to be the highest rates tackles available in the selection process and are likely top 10 picks in next month's NFL draft. Since scouts place a high premium on athletic tackles (three of the first four picks last year were tackles), some mock draft have Lewan also rated as a top 10 pick.
The Giants are attempting to revamp a porous offensive line by signing J.D. Walton, John Jerry, Geoff Schwartz and Charles Brown in free agency. The team is also concerned about the health of left tackle Will Beatty, who suffered a broken leg in the season finale against the Washington Redskins.
Former All-Pro guard Chris Snee has also battled injuries for the past two seasons, so re-enforcing the offensive line makes sense for the G-men.