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In a bit of surprise, Michigan junior tackle Taylor Lewan announced at a pres conference this evening that he would be foregoing the possibility to enter the 2013 NFL Draft and instead returning to Michigan for his senior year. Lewan's decision didn't make sense from a lot of factors, most notably a season which saw him hobbled by injuries against both Alabama and Ohio State (easily the two best teams Lewan's Wolverines faced all season). Lewan is also coming off arguably his best performance of the year against South Carolina's beast of a man, Jadeveon Clowney, who's widely believed to be the best defensive prospect of any experience level in the country
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Did he say he was coming back to beat "Ohio" & win the BCS title ??? Jake Long style ?
Too logical, too obvious, too simple, therefore unacceptable to this board...
I saw that over at 11W earlier -- he better hope he doesn't get seriously injured this year. Shoulda gone pro IMO.
I agree coming back never seems to work for many people M.Barkley jumps out at me and a few scUM players from a few yrs back. In my opinion if you're first rd material go but that's on him if he wants to be on another sub par scUM team.
WTF did he come back for? A chance at a championship like Roby bc that would be hilarious to hear out of a scum players mouth
According too scUM fan 247 site that's exactly why lol.
Honestly, I can appreciate the loyalty and college lifestyle etc etc... But I believe Hoke let the kid down. He should have advised him to go pro and called him a dumbass if he didn't. You don't pass up being a high draft pick in this sport. You never know what will happen. If his knee goes out, he's lost millions.
Jake Long advised him to come back and Jake Long came back for his Senior year and ended up the #1 overall. I am not saying the same thing will happen for Taylor Lewan being #1 overall but barring a nasty injury his stock won't change for the worse by enough to make much of a difference. He wants to win a B1G Championship and it is possible (I am not guaranteeing it so don't try and take it as me saying it) now that we can pass the ball.
Just saying it isn't a terrible decision like you guys are making it out to be. Just my two cents.
He didn't really mention the championships all that much. He simply stated that he wanted to come back because he felt he wasn't ready to leave yet.
I would have advised him to leave, but love that he is coming back. Could be a top 5 pick next year.
Yeah for you guys (the fans), there's no reason not to be ecstatic. Like you though, I'm just surprised he came back -- he definitely should've gone this year IMO.
Yeah, like many have stated you should NEVER come back if youre supposed to be a top pick. Football is too violent and unpredictable. Good for fans of your team though!
No he didn't but scUM fans were saying big ten championship all because of a oline men came back. Not saying he won't help but I just don't see him making that much of a difference.
It's not like he's the missing piece to the puzzle next year, most experts barely have Michigan in the top 25 next year.
unless they develop or get a HB & some WRs..Gardner isn't going to throw to himself
The deadline for declaring for the draft is in 5 days. There are 32 NFL teams and seven rounds, which means only 224 guys will get drafted. Statistically speaking, if you're not taken in the first three rounds (Top 100 picks), you have about as much chance of making a roster as an undrafted free agent.
I'm assuming Lewan had an assessment done on where he was likely to be drafted. Assuming he did, my guess is he didn't project to be drafted in the first 3 rounds and decided coming back and working to become a first round pick with guaranteed money next year was a better gamble than hoping he'd get picked before the 4th round this year.
Smart move on his part, especially since Hoax offense next year will be more typical of what NFL teams run. And assuming, of course, he doesn't get injured.
BTW, has anyone seen that 10 LSU underclassmen have declared for the draft? Holy jambalaya!
Now, you should know better than to go there: ND was 26th in the AP's pre-season poll and 24th in the coaches. Meanwhile, USC was #1 in the AP and #3 in the coaches and finished unranked in either poll.
In 2010, Auburn started 22nd in the AP and 23rd in the coaches and won/bought the national championship.
I personally think scUM will be pretty good. This year was their comeuppance. They'd spent too much time writing their own press clippings only to discover they weren't as good as they thought they'd be. Gardner projects to be a better QB than Denard. Their WRs aren't that great but they have great OL depth. Depending on Toussaint, DeVeon Smith could start as a freshman at TB...unless they sign Derrick Green. I think their defense will be a lot better with a solid group of linebackers and their DBs will be pretty good, especially if Blake Countess comes back from his injury. Their challenge will be on their DL; their 2012 recruits need to step up--Strobel, Wormley, Pipkins, Henry, Godin, and Ojemudia.
I don't care if Jake Long ends up in the HOF and is the greatest lineman in history. I will always have the memory of Vernon Gholston flat out owning him and that is ALL that matters to me. He can suck on that forever, nothing can change it.
Gholston powers through the entire state of Michigan.
Iowa i like your posts for the most part and you may or may not have been sarcastic but Lewan was going to be the first or second OT taken and all sites/mock drafts had it that way.
I think those who think about adding another year of unpaid football to your career shou talk to people like Bernie Kosar or Away before he lost it emotionally and took his life. Get out and take care of your family.
I find these decisions very selfish. He can do so much for his family by moving on. Also, just because he is highly regarded now does not mean that will happen next year. He could be exposed, other guys could develop and move ahead of him.....
I just get pissed when I see people with a winning lottery ticket take it for granted and just "lay it on the counter for when they get to it".
Speaking of statistically speaking. It is highly likely many of them won't be drafted.
No, the projection was top 10 pick, actually.
I think what this does for us is strengthens are weakest link. We were about to replace 4/5 OL. And it is even more complicated than that, because a lot of our guys are guards, not tackles, and so it really was limiting. Basically, we were going to have to pick 3 starters out of four players...not appealing. Now we return an All American, our other Tackle. Now, you get to basically pick 3 starters on the interior out of a bigger group. Much more appealing.
Doesnt mean we are a top 10 team or anything (I would say we should be around #20 or so). But it does mean our margin for error grew by leaps and bounds.
NFL OLs make an average of $1.27 million a year and if he was legitimately projected as a Top 10 pick, he's an idiot for staying.
Because if he gets injured, what does he think that degree in General Studies is going to do for him?
$1.27 million--that's a lot of sandals he'd have to sell at Payless as the world's biggest discount shoe salesman.
Lewan is to Meechigan offense as Roby is to Buckeye defense. My 1 cent.
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