Photo of Brandon Taylor
Drafted By: Chargers
  • Round 3
  • Pick 10
  • Overall 73

Combine Results

75.0 ?
  • 4.58 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 33.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 118.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.32 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.37 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Mayock's take: "I think he's got starting capabilities in the NFL. He's tough, he tackles well, and I just think this is a really solid pick for San Diego."

  • 5'11" Height
  • 31 1/4" Arm Length
  • 209LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/2" Hands


Taylor is a hardworking safety who was a physical presence for a highly touted LSU defense the past three years. There are some small hitches in his play that limit his draft value, but starting at LSU for three years is a testament to his NFL potential. He is a physical safety who likely will be selected late based off his experience at a high level.



Taylor is a physical safety who enjoys getting in the mix to support the run. He is an effective box player who puts himself in good positions when being the eighth man. He is highly productive and effective as a tackler, and he likes to throw his body around at receivers and let his presence be known. He can be dragged by some bigger players at times, but he rarely falls of a tackle.


Taylor struggles when covering in man, and in three years rarely has been put in a position where he has to do so. With the type of corners and athletic linebackers LSU has trotted onto the field during his tenure, Taylor has been able to play in the box to support the run and has little work in covering receivers.
Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.