Biography: Three-year starter who finished with 71 tackles/2 interceptions/5 pass breakups and 6.5 tackles for loss as a senior. Junior totals included 44 tackles when his season was cut short after nine games because of a foot injury.
Positives: Tough, cognizant defensive back who is best facing the action. Recognizes and stays with assignments, takes good angles to the action and throws his body around the field. Displays a burst of closing speed, aggressively defends the run and wraps up tackling. Shows good recognition when the ball is in the air. Keeps the action in front of him, quick in all aspects of his game and effectively positions himself to make plays on the ball.
Negatives: Lacks deep speed, possesses marginal man-to-man cover skills and struggles when lined up over the slot receiver. Average timing on pass defenses.
Analysis: Taylor lacks the size/speed numbers to start at the next level, but plays tough and smart. He's best suited to line up in a zone system and has enough skill to make a final roster.
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