Ohio State’s Chase Young and LSU’s K’Lavon Chaisson are the top names at edge rusher in the 2020 NFL Draft, but Tennessee Vols linebacker Darrell Taylor may not be far behind those two.
The Draft Network’s Jordan Reid recently suggested that Taylor is a player that’s been “lost in the shuffle” during the pre-draft process.
Here’s what Reid has to say about Taylor:
He possesses many traits teams will seek when evaluating the position. Taylor has explosiveness, hand power and bend. He also has sporadic consistency which has been his biggest downfall.
Taylor collected 16 1/2 sacks over the past two seasons but the flash plays are widespread. He battled a stress fracture in his shin last year which caused the burst we were accustomed to seeing falter. The injury also caused him to miss the Senior Bowl and the NFL Scouting Combine. Taylor could turn into a third- or fourth-round steal.
Taylor was listed as a third round pick in a recent mock draft from CBS Sports, though several analysts believe the former Vol possesses first round talent.
NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah said before the combine that Taylor is a “a first-round type player”. Jeremiah added “He’s got a stutter bull move. He can really knock you back. Has a really high ceiling. But injuries I think will knock him down a peg.”
Finding an elite edge rusher isn’t easy. It’s basically the defensive equivalent of trying to find a quarterback. With Taylor’s ceiling being so high, I wouldn’t be surprised if a team took a chance on him near the end of the second round.
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