2024 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Miami DL Leonard Taylor
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- Good power and strength on the inside to disrupt and collapse the pocket
- Violent hand usage aids in his ability to win the down
- Displays a high motor and won’t give up on the play early
- Maintains a good pad level at the line of scrimmage
- Struggles to win the rep when lined up as a defensive end rushing off the edge
- Adequate ability to process quickly at the line of scrimmage
- Inconsistent ability to diagnose plays at the point of attack
- Adequate hand placement and strength to overpower interior linemen consistently
2024 NFL Draft: Leonard Taylor Draft Profile and Scouting Report
Leonard Taylor first burst onto the scene in 2021 as a true freshman for the Miami Hurricanes. A five-star prospect out of high school (according to 247Sports and ESPN), Taylor quickly proved his worth, finishing tied for the team lead in tackles for loss. Last season, his stats and production grew slightly, but should take a big jump this year as his role on defense increases.
Leonard Taylor 40 Time
Projected 40 Time: 4.79 seconds
Leonard Taylor is a two-year starter for the Miami Hurricanes. One of the top prospects out of high school, Taylor is advanced in his ability to win reps and disrupt the pocket on a consistent basis. He possesses solid height and weight for the defensive tackle position at the next level. Our projected 40 time of 4.79 seconds is much quicker than the league average at the position.
He displays a good ability to drive through interior linemen and collapse the pocket from the middle. He shows good power versus centers and guards. Maintains a good pad level to remain low and fight his way through pressure at the line of scrimmage. Displays violent hand usage to win reps and attack the ball carrier. Taylor is a high motor player that has a knack for disrupting the pocket and won’t quit until the job is finished.
Taylor has an adequate ability to process quickly at the line of scrimmage. He’s often a tick slow when reading and diagnosing the play as a run or pass. He struggles to win off the edge when lined up as a defensive end. Struggles to diagnose quickly at the point of attack. His hand placement can be adequate at times, as is his strength to overpower offensive linemen to win the rep consistently.
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- Five-star rated prospect out of high school by 247Sports and ESPN
- Tied for team lead with 7.5 tackles for loss as true freshman in 2021
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