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2019 NFL Draft Scouting Report: OT Jawaan Taylor


Positional ranking: #5

Big Board ranking: #41

 

Overview

Position: OT

College: Florida

Class: Junior

Age: 21

 

Measurables

Height: 6’5”

Weight: 312 lbs.

Arm length: 35 1/8”

Hand size: 10”

 

Athletic testing

40-yard dash: DNP

Vertical jump: DNP

Broad jump: DNP

Bench press: 24 reps

3-cone drill: DNP

Short shuttle: DNP

 

Strengths

Mauling right tackle with heavy hands. Very powerful. Has long arms in a bear-like frame. Can drive defensive linemen off the ball. Excellent on down blocks and double-team blocks. Absorbing reach taking on linebackers at the second level. Knows how to use leverage to wipe out defenders. Does his job sealing as a backside blocker to allow cutback lanes. Good awareness. Quality feet and quick drop step at the snap. Keeps a balanced base in pass protection. Uses length to ward off pass rushers. Could have the versatility/skillset to kick inside to guard. Started all three years in the SEC.

 

Weaknesses

Probably best suited to stay at right tackle. Doesn’t always seek work. Feet might get too choppy at times. Susceptible to inside move or speed rush if he doesn’t get hit on his strike. Reliance on length can cause lunging misses.

 

NFL comparison

Andre Smith – We saw a more slimmed down version of Jawaan Taylor at the Combine, but in college, he played closer to Smith’s weight as a powerful right tackle that’s better in the running game than pass protection.

 

Conclusion

Overall, Jawaan Taylor should be a solid starter on the offensive line, but he might be limited to the right side, and I don’t think he’s a dominant player like Lane Johnson to warrant the top-ten consideration he’s received. I would feel more comfortable drafting Taylor early on Day 2.

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wise conservative
wise conservative
1 year ago

Yeah I would think a RT needs to be dominant to be a first round pick.

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