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Taylor Yates (QB)
  • Height:
    6'3"
  • Weight:
    219 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    32 1/2 in.
  • Hand Size:
    10 1/4 in.
  • College:
    North Carolina
  • Conference:
    ACC
Featured Prospects

Selected by: Houston Texans
Round: 5
Pick (Overall): 21 (152)

Pick Analysis: The Texans pick up a highly competitive quarterback in Yates. He improved tremendously over his final season and could develop into a solid backup quarterback for Houston in time.
Combine Stats
  • 40 Yard Dash5.1 sec
  • Bench Press- -
  • Vertical Jump29.5 inch
  • Broad Jump104.0 inch
  • 3 Cone Drill6.96 sec
  • 20 Yard Shuttle4.12 sec
  • 60 Yard Shuttle- -
Buzz

Overview

Yates likely does not possess enough physical tools (arm, feet) to be considered a future starter but has a ton of experience in a pro-style offense and could find a home as a backup. At times, appears to be a confident decision-maker in the pocket, capable of efficiently managing his team but occasionally forces throws and is not comfortable dealing with pressure. Shows good accuracy and touch in the short passing game but is not as effective when asked to drive the ball downfield. Tough player who has dealt with adversity and become a better player. Day 3 prospect.


Strengths

Yates has ideal height, a good build and adequate mobility. Displays a clean, over-the-top delivery and throws a catchable ball. Knows when to take something off. Shows the ability to make sound pre-snap reads and move through his progressions. Has extensive starting experience and has steadily improved over time.

Weaknesses

Lacks the necessary arm strength to connect on the 15-yard out or fit the ball into tight spots down the field at the next level. Accuracy on intermediate-to-deep throws is below average. Will put the ball in harm's way instead of settling for outlet at times. Pocket mobility is not adequate.

Grade

2.8

 

Video Playlist

  1. 2011 combine workout: Taylor Yates

    Published: March 7, 2011 at 06:13 p.m.

    Watch North Carolina QB Taylor Yates perform at the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine.

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