Photo of Taywan Taylor
Drafted By: Titans
  • Round 3
  • Pick 8
  • Overall 72

Combine Results

Grade
5.75 ?
  • 4.50 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 13 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 33.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 132.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.57 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.21 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.23 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"I'm a big Taywan Taylor fan. I actually gave him a middle of the second-round grade because you get the ball in his hands he can make you miss and he can't absolutely run away from you. They gave him a lot of quick hitters and then they stretch him vertically down the field ... His ability after the catch is something I love. I've compared him to Derrick Mason because of the toughness, the quickness and the speed he possessed. Derrick Mason can play inside and outside and I think the same here for Taywan Taylor." -- Daniel Jeremiah

  • 5'11" Height
  • 32 5/8" Arm Length
  • 203LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/4" Hands

Overview

Anyone unaware of Taylor's talent coming into the 2016 college football season found his skills quickly in the Hilltoppers' game against Alabama. He caught nine passes for 121 yards against the Tide's talented secondary, putting great film together for NFL scouts to review during the evaluation process. Taylor had a great senior year overall, receiving first-team All-Conference USA notice after catching 98 passes (tied for fifth in the FBS) for 1,730 yards (third) and 17 scores (tied for third). He had similar statistics in 2015, also earning a first-team all-conference nod with 86 receptions for 1,467 yards (third in FBS) and 17 touchdowns (second). The Louisville native with 2XL-sized receiving gloves was a seven-game starter in each of his first two seasons (24-270 in 2013; 45-767, seven TD in 2015) before becoming one of the nation's top targets.

Analysis

Strengths

Stutter-steps around press coverage and into his work. Runs routes with a purpose. Changes route speeds almost at random, creating discomfort in cover corners. Hits accelerator to get over the top on vertical routes. Easy strider with fluid hips in the open field. Impressive plant-and-go separation explosion. Differentiator from slot with suddenness and burst. Gets head around to quarterback immediately out of breaks. Effective sink and open on stop routes. Dynamic after the catch. Finds yards for himself in open field. Has brake-to-gas quickness and elusive, swiveling torso. Always competing. Nifty near sideline with ability to deaden feet and make the challenging catch. Outstanding production despite defenses focusing on him.

Weaknesses

Feasted on bubble screens, jet sweeps and several catch-and-run plays. Route variances could create some issues in systems requiring more timing. NFL route work will have to be more focused with less freestyle. Body catcher who will have the occasional focus drop. If he doesn't work back harder to his quarterback, body catches could turn into issues with contested catches. Lacked quality cornerback competition across from him for most of his career. Very aware of where safeties lurk in middle of the field.

Draft Projection

Round 3

NFL Comparison

Stefon Diggs

Bottom Line

Slot-only receiver with the athleticism and separation quickness to win on the NFL level. Benefitted statistically from Western Kentucky's scheme, but that offense benefitted from Taylor's ability to get open and his explosiveness in the open field. High floor with the potential to be an above-average slot receiver in an offense that recognizes his flexibility.
-Lance Zierlein
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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

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