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2013 NFL Draft: Taylor Lewan ranked 5th in SI's midseason top 50

Taylor Lewan of the Michigan Wolverines was ranked fifth in Sports Illustrated's top 50 prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft.

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The Michigan Wolverines could be sending a top prospect to the NFL in 2013. Left tackle Taylor Lewan made a Sports Illustrated list of the top 50 2013 NFL Draft prospects, and Lewan comes in near the top. The list, by Tony Pauline, is mostly dominated by defensive lineman until Lewan shows up as the first offensive player, at No. 5 on the list.

5) Taylor Lewan, T, Michigan* -- The Wolverines have a history of placing talented left tackles into the NFL, and Lewan is one of the best in recent memory. He is not as dominant as former Wolverine Jake Long, but Lewan is more athletic and much better blocking in motion.

The next offensive lineman on the list of Chance Warmack, the guard from Alabama, and the next tackle is Luke Joeckel out of Texas A&M. They come in at No. 8 and No. 10, respectively. The next offensive player that isn't on the o-line is quarterback Geno Smith out of West Virginia at No. 12.

It's true that the top-end of the NFL draft is usually dominated by defensive tackles and offensive linemen. The left tackle position might be the most important in the NFL, and Lewan has established himself among college football's elite at the position, which is great news for him when draft day comes around.