Devin Taylor Scouting Report

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  1. RS12

    RS12 Well-Known Member

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    Prospect: Devin Taylor, DE, South Carolina
    Height: 6’7”
    Weight: 275 lbs
    Grade: 6.42 (Grading Scale)

    Scouting Report:

    +Terrific athlete with impressive closing speed
    +Rare build among defensive end prospects, still has room to fill out his frame as well
    +/-Flashes burst off the snap but isn’t entirely consistent with it
    -Uncomfortable and awkward footwork in space, really struggles to change directions cleanly
    -Top heavy player with some balance issues related to his height, ends up on the ground too often

    +Extremely high motor player who is always pursuing the ball until the whistle and makes a high number of hustle plays
    +Very ball aware player who can find it quickly
    -Lacks great anticipation skills for play recognition and feel for the intentions of blockers

    Pass Rush:
    +/-Has bullrush potential, but his power rush is criminally underutilized on tape
    +Height becomes an advantage when he utilizes an effective swim move, can easily get his arm over the top of blockers
    +Uses long arms effectively in getting them into passing lanes, can eliminate passing windows entirely
    -Uninventive pass rusher on the edge, falls into the trap of trying to simply run past tackle around the corner all too often
    -Limited in edge rush ability by stiff hips and lack of combination moves

    Run Support:
    +Has ability to occupy and control multiple blocker at once on the edge, can translate that inside with lower pad level and more bulk
    +Likes to split gaps when playing from the inside, does so to good effect with high motor and burst
  2. Maxmadden

    Maxmadden Well-Known Member

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    Devin "Too Tall" Taylor
  3. Gaede

    Gaede Well-Known Member

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    Really reminds me of Chandler Jones last year.

    Might be someone to consider.
  4. xwalker

    xwalker Well-Known Member

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    Devin Taylor is a difficult player for me to evaluate.

    He appears to have the physical ability required and looks great on some plays; however, he does not consistently get the results that I would expect.

    Also, he sometimes appears awkward and makes some quirky moves.

    He has this move were he appears to be doing a spin, but he stops half-way through and ends up with his back against the OLineman. I noticed this in a couple of SC games and thought he just got stopped mid-spin; however, I noticed him doing it again the the Senior Bowl. It appears to be intentional and he seems to be trying to push the OL from this position.

    I compare it to the way that Herschel Walker would finish runs. He would end up pushing the defender for a few extra yards with his back against them. It was the reason that his shoulder pads were extra long in the back.

    I can understand why a RB would use this move, but it's very odd for a DLineman.

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