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Phil Taylor (DL)
  • Height:
    6'3"
  • Weight:
    334 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    34 in.
  • Hand Size:
    10 3/4 in.
  • College:
    Baylor
  • Conference:
    Big 12
Featured Prospects

Selected by: Cleveland Browns
Round: 1
Pick (Overall): 21 (21)

Pick Analysis: The Browns nabbed a replacement for Shaun Rogers by trading up with the Chiefs. He gives new defensive coordinator Dick Jauron an anchor on the interior of the line. He is ideally suited to man the one-technique spot but could play over the top of the guard as the shaded defensive tackle. His run-stopping skills will certainly help the Browns in a division that features several physical offenses.
Combine Stats
  • 40 Yard Dash5.14 sec
  • Bench Press31.0 reps
  • Vertical Jump29.5 inch
  • Broad Jump100.0 inch
  • 3 Cone Drill7.75 sec
  • 20 Yard Shuttle4.77 sec
  • 60 Yard Shuttle- -
Buzz

Overview

Taylor possesses the rare size and natural brute strength NFL front offices are looking for in a potential 3-4 nose tackle or two-gaper. Can anchor against the run, fight through double teams, uses his hands well, and doesn't necessarily need to come off the field on third down with his adequate pass rushing ability and good feet. A tendency to play high, limited range, in-game durability and some off-the-field red flags do hurt his stock. However, prospects with Taylor's size and ability don't grow on trees, so he shouldn't last past the middle rounds.


Strengths

Taylor possesses rare size, has impressive strength, and good speed considering his weight. Very effective anchor at the point of the attack against the run and can take on the double team. Can be effective using the bull rush, coming off the ball and displays a jarring initial hand punch.

Weaknesses

Can play high at times. Won't chase down many plays or make many tackles outside the box. Doesn't have the first-stop quickness to consistently penetrate. Stamina is a concern. Has he has a tendency to wear down late in games and during long drives. Has some off-the-field issues and was dismissed from Penn State.

Grade

7.8

 

Video Playlist

  1. 'Madden' cover boy announces Browns' top pick

    Published: April 28, 2011 at 10:29 p.m.

    Cleveland trades up to select Baylor DT Phil Taylor with the 21st overall pick. Browns RB Peyton Hillis announces the pick.

  2. 2011 combine workout: Phillip Taylor

    Published: March 14, 2011 at 08:54 p.m.

    Watch Baylor DL Phil Taylor perform at the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine.

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