Rod Taylor

Mississippi
G

Prospect Info

College
Mississippi
Hometown
Class
Jackson, MS
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 3"
320 lbs
34 1/4”
Hands
9 3/4”

Prospect Grade

5.00
50-50 Chance to Make NFL Roster
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Cincinnati
Bengals
Round 7 ‧ Pick 34
40 Yard Dash
5.24u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
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Reps
 
Vertical Jump
30.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
99.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
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Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
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60 Yd Shuttle
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The Rebels managed to keep Taylor in-state in 2014 in spite of his five-star, top 25 overall recruit status as a star lineman from Jackson. He started twice at right guard in 13 games as a true freshman, and repeated that feat in 10 games the following year while missing time with a shoulder injury. An ankle malady limited him to seven starts in nine games in 2016, where he took over for Laremy Tunsil at left tackle despite his short, stout build. Taylor was arrested for suspicion of shoplifting in April 2016, though it was reported he simply forgot about two bags of charcoal at the bottom of his shopping cart. He finally managed to stay healthy throughout the 2017 season, starting every game at right tackle.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 7/PFA
Overview
Despite playing the last two seasons at tackle, Taylor lacks the size and length to continue on the outside. He has experience at guard which helps, but he'll need to play with quicker, more efficient hands as well as better leverage at the point of attack to play to an NFL level. If teams view Taylor as an emergency option at tackle, it should improve his chances of making a roster or a practice squad.
Strengths
  • Has starting experience at both tackle spots as well as right guard
  • Uses wide base and drives from his in-steps as run blocker
  • Possesses upper body strength to maul and move if it comes to it
  • Light on his feet
  • Has enough lateral quickness to race down the line and around the corner as pull blocker
  • Adequate movement skills climbing up to linebackers
  • Moves with tempo in pass slides while maintaining adequate balance
  • Hand strength to snatch and secure
Weaknesses
  • Not a self-motivator
  • Teammates have mentioned maturity issues in the past
  • Top-heavy build lacks desired leg thickness
  • Too much wasted motion with hands pre-punch
  • Hands land too far outside and he's usually second to the punch
  • Lack of length puts him into lunge mode in pass pro
  • Below average knee bend leads to below average leverage
  • Anchor is poor against bull-rush
  • Plays with head past his feet
  • Gets tilted off-balance within block engagement
  • Body control is an issue

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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