J.J. Taylor

Arizona
RB26

Prospect Info

College
Arizona
Hometown
Class
CA
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 5"
185 lbs
28 3/4”
Hands
8 1/2”

Prospect Grade

5.64
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.61
Seconds
 
Bench Press
19
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
34.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
118.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.0
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.15
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 

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Joseph Justin Taylor moved from defensive back to running back his junior year of high school. He earned Mr. Football honors at Corona (Calif.) Centennial High School in 2015 after running for 2,290 yards and 44 touchdowns. He tried to make an impact as a true freshman for the Wildcats but broke his ankle four games into the season (38 carries, 261 yards, 6.9 ypc, two touchdowns; 2 receptions, 16 yards; one start). Taylor made good on the promise he showed as a freshman in 2017 (146 carries, 847 yards, 5.8 ypc, five touchdowns; 12 receptions, 49 yards, 4.1 average, two touchdowns, three starts in 13 games), sharing Pac-12 Co-Offensive Freshman of the Year honors with Stanford offensive tackle Walker Little. He carried even more of the workload in 2018, finishing seventh in the FBS with 1,434 yards on the ground (255 carries, 5.6 per) while scoring six times to earn third-team Associated Press All-American and first-team all-conference accolades. He also caught 16 passes for 133 yards (8.3 per) and returned 22 kickoffs for 540 yards (24.5 per, one score). Taylor did fumble eight times on the year, however, losing six. Taylor led the Wildcats in rushing again in 2019, though he only garnered honorable mention all-conference notice as his production in 11 starts decreased (148 carries, 721 yards, 4.9 ypc, five touchdowns; 32 receptions, 289 yards, 9.0 average; 19 kick returns, 448 yards, 23.6 average).
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Overview
Short but stout runner whose running style is more power back than water bug. Taylor has been a productive college back who runs decisively both inside and outside, but does not have the burst or wiggle teams are looking for from smaller runners. His size is a hindrance but he might have an outside shot if he can rebrand as a matchup pass catcher out of the backfield.
Strengths
  • Coaching staff loves him
  • Wears weight in lower half
  • Runs with physical, tough demeanor
  • Vision promotes decisive running style
  • Able to break more tackles than expected
  • Able to beat linebackers one-on-one out of backfield
  • Catches with nice, soft hands
  • Kick return experience
Weaknesses
  • Tight hips preclude second level shake
  • Not as sudden as expected for a smaller back
  • Doesn't have wire to wire speed
  • Lacks burst to race through tight lanes untouched
  • Needs accurate throws due to his size
  • Too small to handle pass protection
GRADE
8.0
The perfect prospect
7.3-7.5
Perennial All-Pro
7.0-7.1
Pro Bowl talent
6.7-6.8
Year 1 quality starter
6.5
Boom or bust prospect
6.3-6.4
Will be starter within first two seasons
6.1-6.2
Good backup who could become starter
6.0
Developmental traits-based prospect
5.8-5.9
Backup/special-teamer
5.5-5.6
Chance to make end of roster or practice squad
5.4
Priority free agent
5.0-5.1
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league