Taylor Rapp

Washington
S
DB54

Prospect Info

College
Washington
Hometown
Class
Bellingham, WA
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 0"
208 lbs
30 3/4”
Hands
9”

Prospect Grade

5.87
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
--
Seconds
 
Bench Press
17
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
35.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
115.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
6.82
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
3.99
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
11.33
Seconds
 

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Rapp's family has Chinese ancestry, but he is a dual citizen between the United States and Canada. He promised his brother, Austin, that he would play major college football -- a promise that has been fulfilled. He was an All-Washington pick from Bellingham that earned top 25 safety recruit grades from scouting services. Rapp broke his left hand in spring practices his freshman year, but played with a cast. That toughness impressed on coaches his willingness to fight through adversity, and he eventually won a starting role on defense in 10 of 14 games played in 2016 (53 tackles, four interceptions, two pass breakups). Rapp was the Pac-12 Championship Defensive MVP after intercepting two passes in the contest, returning one for a score. He also was named the Pac-12 Freshman Defensive Player of the Year and a Freshman All-American for his efforts throughout the season. He started 12 of 13 games played as a sophomore, garnering first-team All-Pac-12 honors (in academics as well as on the field) and posting 59 stops, 3.5 for loss, two sacks, and an interception. Multiple All-American honors came his way in 2018, as did another first-team all-conference nod after he made plays around the line of scrimmage (59 tackles, six for loss, five sacks) and in coverage (two interceptions, five pass breakups while also finding himself around the ball (three fumble recoveries).
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 2
Overview
Versatile three-year starter who combines tenacity with football intelligence to play at a consistently high level. Rapp isn't big, but he's well-built and durability hasn't been a concern despite his physical nature as a striker. He played all over the field this year and might be best-suited in a mix between down safety and two-high looks with the ability to cover tight ends. His coverage talent is average, but his run support effort and open-field tackling are clearly defined strengths that make him a relatively safe selection.
Strengths
  • Good size with compact frame and well-built chest
  • Mister Fix-It asked to play all over the field for the defense
  • Football intelligence considered top notch
  • Despite compact frame, moves well
  • Able to handle man cover duties on tight ends
  • Impressive talent to diagnose and flow as box safety
  • Recognizes run lane development like a running back
  • Takes accurate pursuit angles
  • Hip sink and footwork are catalysts for open-field tackling
  • Always comes to balance and widens out to tackle
  • Loves to thump
  • Gifted kickoff cover man
Weaknesses
  • Hands out punishment but absorbs his share as well
  • Can trigger a little earlier in run support from two-high
  • Average lateral burst as open-field tackler
  • Might be out-paced by NFL runners in his race to the edge
  • Ability to range over the top appears to be just average
  • Ball production has dropped since freshman season
  • Routes to the throw can be fairly conservative
  • Might have left some interceptions and breakups on the field

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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