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Grade
75.6 ?
  • 4.76 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 17 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 30.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 110.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.13 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.50 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 12.06 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 5'9" Height
  • 30 1/8" Arm Length
  • 214LBS. Weight
  • 8 5/8" Hands

Overview

Taylor showed great promise as an all-state back in Texas, rushing for 2,463 yards and 33 touchdowns as a high school senior. Coaches got him on the field in all 13 games as a true freshman in 2009, giving him 56 carries so he could pick up 303 yards and two touchdowns as a reserve behind Heisman Trophy finalist Toby Gerhart. He took the mantle from Gerhart in 2010, starting 12 of 13 games played, to gain 1,137 yards and score 15 touchdowns as a sophomore. Season highlights included receiving honorable mention notice from league coaches, three touchdowns against Cal in The Big Game, and 114 yards on just 15 carries in the team’s Orange Bowl win over Virginia Tech. Taylor, who earned second-team All-Pac-12 honors in 2011, had another nice outing in the team’s 2012 Fiesta Bowl loss to Oklahoma State, rushing for 177 of his 1,330 total yards for the year and scoring two of his 10 touchdowns. In his final season, after the departure of Andrew Luck, Taylor rushed for 1,530 yards and 13 touchdowns on 322 carries.



Taylor has also become a bit of a YouTube sensation due to his “alternate personality” of Kulabafi. This is Taylor’s way of letting loose, and he often gets his teammates in on the act.

Analysis

Strengths

Presents a thick overall build and good forward lean, making him a tough north-south runner to stop with an arm tackle. Running hard is never an issue, as defensive backs often find when trying to wrap him up. Flashes good quickness to offset before getting his body moving forward to receive the handoff, as well as enough burst to hit an open hole in a hurry. Possesses the vision and just enough speed to take advantage of an opening off-tackle if the inside gap is filled. Adjusts well to throws with his back to the quarterback and possesses the quickness and bullish running/stiff arm to beat defenders on the outside. Also displays good technique and skill in pass protection.

Weaknesses

Average long speed won’t allow him to be a breakaway threat at the next level. Not quick enough to takes plays to the sideline or cut inside an oncoming defender once outside the tackles. Dances a bit inside when anticipating contact, too, throwing himself off-balance. Doesn't show tremendous explosiveness while still behind the line of scrimmage. Fails to consistently keep his legs moving upon contact with lineman and linebackers.

NFL Comparison

Chester Taylor

Bottom Line

The Cardinal’s running back proved this season that he was capable of maintaining his level of play even without Andrew Luck at QB. While he isn't exceptional in any one facet of the game, he is technically sound, and well-rounded. Taylor is possibly the safest back in this class due to his ability to not only pass protect, but to catch the foobtall, which will make him invaluable on third downs. He is likely to go in the second or third round.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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