Photo of Stepfan Taylor
Drafted By: Cardinals
  • Round 5
  • Pick 7
  • Overall 140

Combine Results

Grade
72.6 ?
  • 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

Draft Analysis:

Taylor, who notched three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons in a pro-style offense at Stanford, stands out because of his production, experience and football IQ.

  • 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

Less than average long speed won’t allow him to be a breakaway threat at the next level. Not quick enough to take plays to the sidelines 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 football, which will make him invaluable on third downs.
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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.

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