We are firmly in the middle of NFL mock draft season, and with rumors swirling by the day, we can officially add a relatively new name to the mix with regard to the Atlanta Falcons. Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan has been rising up draft boards into the top-10, and there is a report circulating that the Falcons held a private workout with him on Monday.
— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) April 1, 2014
Gil Brandt of NFL.com brings the news, but to be honest, this shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. The Falcons have been rumored to be in the market for an offensive tackle since the beginning of the draft process, and with Auburn OT Greg Robinson a virtual lock to be off the board, Lewan and Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews would be in Atlanta’s range.
ESPN Scouts Inc. ranks the 6-foot-7, 310-pound Lewan as their #7 overall player in this class, and Mel Kiper’s latest projection placed him to the Buffalo Bills with the #9 overall pick while the Falcons were pegged to select Matthews at #6. In the grand scheme, Lewan’s visit means nothing more than a bit of interest from Atlanta’s side, but with consensus top-10 players, it would be a bigger shock if they didn’t work out Lewan.