- AProjectionRound 1
- Arm35 ⅛
Strong Points: Three-year starter. Naturally strong. Stays on his feet. Has good initial quickness and comes off the ball quickly. Stays low and shows power on contact. Tries to be physical. Moves his feet on contact. Gets some movement and consistently looks to finish. Delivers on combo blocks and gets to the second level. Quick set in pass pro -- strong punch and good mirror skills. Quick feet to slide and recover. Seldom off his feet. Natural bender who anchors very well vs. power. Showed at the combine that he is athletic enough to play on the left side, though he has never done it. Very long arms (35").
Weak Points: Appears knock-kneed on tape. Short-area quickness but lacking speed. Hand use needs refinement -- carries his hands low and can be a bit slow getting them on his opponent. Unlikely to test very well. Soft body -- must tighten in NFL weight room.
The Way We See It: A starter since his freshman season, Taylor has great size, natural strength and durability but not much explosiveness. At 330-plus pounds, he is a bit too heavy and will benefit from some tightening in an NFL strength program. He isn't fast but has quick feet and impressive short-area quickness, helping him to mirror very well in pass protection. Tough and competitive, he plays a consistent game and always looks to finish his blocks. He is good in the run game, including the ability to generate movement and make second-level blocks. He is very similar in pass pro, seldom giving up pressures. He isn't a finished product, but most of Taylor's weak points are correctable with coaching and hard work. He has the talent to start at right tackle as a rookie and flexibility to also play guard. Already a solid player, he should only continue to get better.
Hub Arkush: Taylor is a huge man at 6-5 who may have dropped a lot of weight in January to weigh in at 312 at the Combine. He doesn't look particularly athletic or fluid in his movements but gets people blocked. He can be a road grader in the run game -- solid enough to make him a Day 1 starter on the right side. Taylor will need coaching and a lot of improvement with his technique to reach his full potential, which probably maxes out on the right side, or possibly even at guard.
Best Fit: Broncos, Bills, Falcons, Jets, Bengals
Red Flags: May be strictly a right tackle. Must watch his weight. Footwork can improve.
NFL Comp: Lane Johnson, Mitchell Schwartz