Coming off a career season, the first team All-Big 12 defensive tackle Vincent Taylor comes into NFL draft week as a projected 5th to 6th round pick. This year’s draft contains a depth of defensive lineman forcing analysts to drop this ever-talented Taylor.
In his final year at Oklahoma State, Taylor had 51 tackles with 13 coming for a loss. This goes alone with his 7.5 sacks and four blocked kicks.
The 6’3″ and 304 defensive tackle impressed scouts with his 26 bench reps at the combine but his 5.07 40 brings some concern to his ability to beat a big offensive lineman.
Taylor is certainly big enough to play the defnesvive tackle in the 3-4 as his size can fill the hole in the run defense. If he can use his big hands and long arms to get by an offensive lineman, he can have a big impact on any defensive line.
Taylor has certainly showed he stays aware on the field and can react quickly to a pass and change of field, which is a commodity amongst big lineman.
Whether Taylor goes on the second or third day for the draft, whoever drafts him will get a strong, accomplished defender.