Former Michigan offensive lineman Taylor Lewan impressed Mel Kiper Jr. at the combine. (Joe Robbins / Getty Images)
Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan and Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard each moved up a spot in ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr.’s latest rankings, Kiper’s first update since last week’s NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis.
Lewan, who rose from eighth to seventh, “showed off impressive athletic credentials in Indy,” Kiper wrote. “It's possible he would have rated higher than any tackle in last year's draft. Lewan has great length and above-average athleticism. What I really like is the improved play as a run-blocker; he has strength in his lower half and a mean streak as a finisher.”
Of Dennard, whom he lists at 18, Kiper wrote, “Dennard was as good as he needed to be at the combine and can rest easy on good workouts, good tape and plenty of good reports from those he's been coached by or played with. He's the most versatile defensive back in the draft, with proven skill in any area of coverage. Dennard can play up and redirect routes, or off in zone and make plays in front of him. He'll blanket even really good receivers in man-to-man, and he turns his head well to avoid penalties that could be called were he not to show ball awareness, given how tightly he can play in coverage. It's all there.”