BIO: Full-time starter the past two seasons and totaled 46/24/10 as a senior. Also added an interception and broke up six passes. Junior numbers were 38/2/2 in eight starts.
POSITIVES: Athletic defensive tackle with growth potential and upside for the next level. Quickly gets off the ball, keeps his pads low and plays with excellent leverage. Fluid changing direction, displays a lot of explosion and constantly doubled by opponents. Makes plays up and down the line of scrimmage, can drop into coverage and effective in space.
NEGATIVES: Thin, lacks bulk and playing strength. Only an average weight-room worker who had the reputation as a player that needs to be pushed.
ANALYSIS: A solid athlete, Taplin took his game to another level as a senior and started to meet expectations. Needs to physically mature but the light may have gone on and a good prospect.