Photo of Taylor Decker
Drafted By: Lions
  • Round 1
  • Pick 16
  • Overall 16

Combine Results

5.92 ?
  • 5.23 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 20 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 101.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.70 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.76 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"This is a really solid pick for rookie general manager Bob Quinn. Left tackle Riley Reiff is in the fifth and final year of his rookie contract. Decker can play right tackle and move over to left if the Lions don't re-sign Reiff." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'7" Height
  • 33 3/4" Arm Length
  • 310LBS. Weight
  • 10" Hands


Ohio State's undisputed leader on the offensive line decided to come back for another year in Columbus instead of applying for entry into the 2015 draft, where he might have been a mid-to-late first-round pick. Decker not only got a chance to win back-to-back national titles during his senior year, but also an opportunity to prove he has the natural bend and elite athleticism (to go along with his obvious length, strength, and toughness) to be a top-five selection. The 2015 Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year played strong as the Buckeyes came up just short of reaching the College Football Playoff.

Pro Day Results

Vertical: 25 1/2 inches
Bench: 22 reps of 225 pounds



Good height and overall frame. Endowed with very good core strength and an ability to match power at the point of attack. Tough guy who scouts believe has the locker room presence and field demeanor to be an instant leader along an offensive line. Can be a brute in double teams and on down­blocks. Fires into his target and drives his feet through contact, blowing open creases into lanes. Doesn’t give lip service to second level blocks and looks to strike a memorable lick on linebackers and safeties. At his best in vertical pass sets where he is smooth and natural. Gains good ground with his first two kick slides. Flat­-backed pass sets with ready hands, a hearty punch and good hand placement. Has hand strength to snatch and control a centered block. Three-­year starter with a winner’s pedigree. Played basketball in high school which helped with his body control.


Has a tendency to pop straight up and play with high pads when moving laterally or in space. Shows surprisingly limited knee bend for being a former basketball player. Struggles to redirect his weight quickly and changing directions to hit moving targets is a chore. Stiff­ strider in space. Shows tendency to over­set when attempting to set out on speed rushers. Upright style will cause problems for him against edge trimming pass rushers who can get under him. Average reactive athleticism limits effectiveness against counter moves back inside. Mirrors well pre­contact, but ability to mirror diminishes once first contact has been made. Short arms for his height. Too reliant on hand strength and upper body power over footwork and balance. Has issues consistently redirecting defenders who get to his edge.

Draft Projection

Round 1

Sources Tell Us

"I hope you kill this guy because I would love for him to fall to us. He's strong and tough. You can beat him up with this or that, but he'll be a long-­time starting right tackle in the league for years." -- AFC regional scout

NFL Comparison

Sebastian Vollmer

Bottom Line

His intangibles will likely help make up for some of his physical deficiencies, but he likely lacks the arm length and consistency against edge rushers to play on the left side as a pro. Decker has the run-blocking prowess and mindset to be a long-time starter at right tackle, but may always be a little leakier in pass protection than offensive line coaches and quarterbacks might like.
-Lance Zierlein
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster