Phil Taylor Scouting Report

Posted: January 11, 2011 by Larry McDaniel Jr. in 3-4 Nose Tackles, Prospects 41-50
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#50 DT, Phil Taylor (6’3 351 lbs.) – Baylor Bears

Versus the Run: Very strong at the point of attack. Has solid strength in his upper and lower body. When fresh, he can sit and anchor his position, even against the double team. When fatigued, he tends to come out of his stance high and play with a high pad level, which results in him being moved off of his spot. When fatigued, he needs to do a better job of staying on his feet. Below average quickness and athleticism limit his capabilities of making plays outside of the tackle box. Needs to recognize the run, and disengage blockers better.

Pass Rush Skills: Not a very affective pass rusher. Is a two down player. Again, his pad level causes issues with him getting leverage on blockers. Can push the pocket with a powerful bull rush, when he plays with the correct leverage.

Quickness (hands/feet): Below average quickness with his hands and feet. Does have a powerful punch at the point of contact.

Toughness/Motor: Plays with a mean streak when not faigued. Motor is poor. Gets worn down too quickly and too often. All technique goes out the window once the tank is empty. Needs to get in better shape and conditioning.

Intangibles: Was suspended and dismissed from Penn State due to an undisclosed off the field issue and poor academics.

Overall Stock: There are a plethora of red flags surrounding Phil Taylor. He will have to answer questions about his dismissal from Penn State, his academics, and his weight. He doesn’t display a good motor, so teams will be weary about his dedication to football. Taylor will need to come into the combine in immaculate shape if he wants to come off the board in the first 96 picks. Taylor has the potential to be a starting nose tackle in the NFL, but he will need a lot of attention and development. He is still very raw. During his bowl game, Taylor was very unimpressive. He failed to make much of an impact in the trenches. With 15 teams running the 3-4 in the NFL, Taylor will have his fair amount of chances to go high in the draft. Nose tackles are hard to come by, and you can never have too many of them, but it all depends on how devoted Taylor is to his body and to the game. 

NFL Comparison: Kris Jenkins


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