BIO: Three year starter who posted 82/10/4 as a senior also intercepting 1 pass and breaking up 8 more.
POSITIVES: Nice-sized, athletic two-gap lineman that is one of the hidden gems in this year's draft. Breaks down well, quick changing direction and makes plays up and down the line of scrimmage. Adjusts off the initial block, stays on his feet and displays a burst of speed getting to the play. Good run defender, effective in pursuit and a tough prospect that likes to mix it up and get involved in the action. Naturally strong, displays the ability to defeat blocks and effectively uses hand technique to keep opponents away.
NEGATIVES: Must bend his knees and learn to play with leverage. Lacks balance, ducks his head and not explosive in any aspect. Slow locating the action.
ANALYSIS: Taylor is a prototypical two-gap lineman that can also play in a variety of defensive schemes. Offers a good amount of upside potential and is a terrific athlete for a 310 pound lineman. It would not be a surprise to see him go in the middle rounds of April's draft, or to find Taylor on a final roster next September.