Photo of Vincent Taylor
Grade
5.35 ?
  • 5.07 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 26 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 28.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 108.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.58 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.72 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'3" Height
  • 34 3/8" Arm Length
  • 304LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/8" Hands

Overview

Hurricane Katrina forced Taylor out of their New Orleans home, allowing them to land in San Antonio. He struggled with the transition until he found football; now he's on his way to a prolific NFL career. The first-team all-state pick left the state for Stillwater, where he played in 10 games as a redshirt freshman in 2014 (13 tackles, one for loss). Taylor was an honorable mention All-Big pick as a starter the following year (48 tackles, 8.5 for loss and five sacks), but really came on in his junior year. The 2016 first-team all-conference selection led the Cowboys with 13 tackles for loss and seven sacks, and tied for the FBS lead with four blocked kicks.

Analysis

Strengths

Fires out of his stance with some gas. Can win the early battle for neutral zone. Able to create push at point of attack and make plays on other side of line. Plus upper body strength. Bench-press numbers are impressive. Can toss blockers aside and win the gap late in the rep. Has long arms and active hands in passing lane. Motor is adequate and he'll give an honest chase to the ball. Not a stagnant rusher. Looks to find blocker's edge and has posted solid sack production

Weaknesses

Top heavy with stiff ankles and an overall lack of functional flexibility in his play. Short-area quickness is somewhat limited. High center of gravity and narrow base allows blockers to wash him down in space and turn him out of his run fit with base blocks. Upright as a pass rusher and can be redirected too easily. Unable to gain ground with lateral movement, stunting his effectiveness in twist game as pass rusher.

Sources Tell Us

"I think he'll be a back-end-of-the-roster type or a practice squad player. He has some ability, but I just don't think he's ever going to play with balance because he's too high-cut." -- East regional scout for AFC team

Bottom Line

Taylor has consecutive seasons of good production in the pass-happy Big 12, but he lacks the consistent contact balance and anchor that teams will be looking for from an interior defender. His ability to disrupt off the snap with quickness and strength gives him a chance to get a foot in the door as a rotational tackle.
-Lance Zierlein
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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.