Jawaan Taylor

Florida

Prospect Info

College
Florida
Hometown
Class
FL
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 5"
312 lbs
35 1/8”
Hands
10”

Prospect Grade

6.25
Should Become Instant Starter
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Jacksonville
Jaguars
Round 2 ‧ Pick 3
Go to Pick
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Taylor was highly-recruited out of Florida's Cocoa High School, but Florida coaches told him he needed to lose weight before they would offer him a scholarship. He went from 380 pounds to a listed 347 when signing his letter of intent with the Gators. That hard work paid off on the field, as he started 12 of 13 games played in his first year in Gainesville, garnering Freshman All-American honors and being named to the Freshman All-SEC team. He played in all 11 games as a sophomore, starting the first nine at right tackle and the final two on the left side. Taylor was considered one of the best linemen in the country by NFL scouts in 2018, even though his play in 12 games at right tackle did not garner him any all-conference honors. He sat out the opening series of the Gators' first game last fall because he did not "meet the Gator standard."
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 1
NFL Comparison
Vernon Carey
Overview
Throwback right tackle with adequate foot quickness for pass-protection duties and above-average size and nastiness to fit the "road grader" model. Taylor strains to cave, kick or drive his opponent out of the way. His feet are good enough to slide out on speed rushers and redirect them past the pocket, but his hustle to protect his edge will expose him to inside moves from power counters. He'll need technique work in the run game and has to keep his weight in check, but he should be an early starter at right tackle or guard with a positive impact on the run game right away.
Strengths
  • Girthy and powerful with long arms
  • Plus run-blocker with nasty demeanor
  • Accelerates into run fits
  • Runs feet to knock defender off his spot
  • Grip strength and core strength keeps base blocks centered
  • Not content to stalemate
  • Continues working feet into position to secure the block
  • Operates with desired timing on combo blocks
  • His climbs up to linebacker are measured and controlled
  • Wasn't asked to pull much but able to do it
  • Punch is tight and generally direct
  • Keeps his weight over toes in pass sets
  • Works with controlled slides and rarely whipped to the edge
  • Quick to process twists and blitzes
  • Handled Brian Burns' spin move without flinching
Weaknesses
  • Must continue to manage his weight
  • Will get a little antsy pre-snap
  • Excessive number of false starts over last two years
  • Occasional run losses due to elevated pad level and sloppy hands
  • Overshoots landmarks, allowing defender to leak around him
  • Inconsistent angles to scoop and seal 4- and 3-techniques
  • Loses track of inside slants across his face
  • Can get too far over his skis when drive-blocking
  • Has a tendency to over-set at times
  • Allows inviting inside pathway to the quarterback
  • Reaches with inside hand to corral counters rather than using feet
  • Punches land near the neck
GRADE
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