2019 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Florida OT Jawaan Taylor

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Brian Lamb is the owner of NFL Draft Lounge and has covered the NFL Draft since 2011. Brian is also the owner of the Infinity Sports Network, which NFL Draft Lounge belongs to.

Jawaan Taylor Scouting Report

Height: 6’5

Weight: 328 lbs

2018 Second-Team All-SEC by Athlon Sports

Started 12 of 13 games at Right Tackle in 2018

With Taylor at Right Tackle, Florida only allowed 18 sacks, which ranked 20th in FBS.

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Jawaan Taylor Scouting Report

What I Like:

Anchor on the Outside

Jawaan Taylor displays an excellent ability to protect the quarterback on this play. Shows excellent footwork and balance to maintain leverage on the defender. Additionally, displays excellent ability to block an additional defender to give the quarterback more time to deliver the throw.

 

What I Dislike:

Speed

It should be noted that Jawaan Taylor looked like a completely different prospect under new head coach Dan Mullen in 2018. In the clip below, which was from 2017, Taylor is beat by a speed rusher on the edge, which results in a fumble and touchdown for Florida State. Mullen moved Jawaan Taylor to right tackle, which likely contributed to much improved play.

 

Second-Level Blocks

On this play, Taylor moves to the second-level to block the inside linebacker, opening up a huge hole for the running back. Displays excellent athleticism to engage the linebacker, anchor his body, and drive through the defender.

 

Overall Breakdown

Displays excellent ability as an offensive tackle. Shows excellent footwork to remain in front of the defender and maintain a balanced frame. Has a terrific ability to drive through his defenders and finish his blocks. Showed tremendous improvement in 2018 under new head coach, but poor performances must be taken into account when scouting.

 

Draft Round Prediction

Top-Fifteen Pick

Jawaan Taylor is an NFL-ready prospect that can step in and start from day one. Look for him to come off the board as early as six to the Giants, although they’re likely to select a quarterback instead. I don’t envision a scenario in which Taylor slips past fifteen.

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