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Position: DE
Class: Sr
School: Michigan St.
Conference: Big Ten
Ht., Wt.: 6'4½, 267
40 Time: 5.07
Grade: 3.49

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.

PROJECTION: Late Fourth Round

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