Photo of Jordan Taylor
Grade
5.11 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'5" Height
  • 210LBS. Weight

Overview

2014: Second-team all-Conference USA selection. 2013: Earned second-team all-Conference USA honors from league coaches. 2012: Led the Owls with 826 receiving yards 57 receptions, capping his breakout sophomore season with a sparkling Armed Forces Bowl performance. 2011: Caught 10 passes for 721 yards and a pair of touchdowns. 2010: Redshirted.


Pro Day Results


40-yard dash: 4.5 seconds
Vertical jump: 36 1/2 inches
Broad jump: 10 feet, 2 inches
Short shuttle: 4.46 seconds
3-cone: 6.69 seconds
Bench: 9 reps of 225 pounds

Analysis

Strengths

Tall target with thin build. Has intriguing "slow-burn" speed for his height. Long-strider who eats up cushion and can blow by off corners and safeties who underestimate him. Sinks hips into his breaks and can break off route quickly for a tall receiver. Played outside and from slot. Uses stride to get separation. High school quarterback who is a dangerous runner after the catch. Has 14 touchdowns over last two seasons, including from 88, 61, 41 and 75.

Weaknesses

Upright off snap and into his routes and needs an extended runway to build up to top speed. Thin frame and gets redirected off the line. Play strength is below par. Lack of initial foot quickness and upright posture could be a problem against aggressive press-cover corners. Had issues with focus drops early in 2014 season after foot injury. Made more challenging catches early in career.

Draft Projection

Round 6 or 7

NFL Comparison

Tommy Streeter

Bottom Line

Taylor is a productive, outside-the-numbers vertical threat with an ability to sting a defense after the catch. Needs work, but is a plus athlete with great height and an ability to separate. Must prove he can get off press coverage and play stronger in order to become viable NFL receiver.
-Lance Zierlein
C
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.

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