NFL draft prospect, Taylor Lewan is facing three misdemeanour charges in relation to an assault that took place after the Michigan-Ohio State football game last season, according to ProFootballTalk.
Lewan was not arrested at the time of the assault but police have investigated as to whether the offensive lineman was involved in the assault.
The player is expected to be drafted high in the first round of the NFL draft this year and has always denied his involvement in the assault.
“I wasn’t in any fight of any kind,” Lewan said. “I was actually breaking something up and some guy said that I slugged him. But that’s not who I am off the field, that’s not the kind of person I am. I might seem that way because of the way I play football, but that’s not who I am as a person.”
Lewan surprised many analysts by deciding to stay at Michigan for his senior year but impressed scouts at the NFL scouting combine and is projected to be among the top five offensive linemen in the draft.
It remains to be seen what the effect of these charges will be on Lewan's draft stock but with teams paying more and more attention to player's off the field actions it doesn't look great for the Michigan man.