OT Taylor Moton, Western Michigan

6’5” – 319 lbs. – 5.18

Massive, well-built prospect with an excellent combination of height, bulk, and length for a pro offensive lineman, especially on the interior. Brings four years of starting experience on the right side of the offensive line; started his redshirt freshman, sophomore, and senior seasons at right tackle, and his junior year at right guard. Might end up having to slide inside at the next level. Looks awkward when setting up in pass protection with his stilted, slow footwork; relies on his length, width, and anchor to protect the edge rather than covering ground with his kickslide. Was usually able to force opposing defensive ends to try to rush through him rather than making their way around him. Can hold up against counters because of how wide he is. Able to bend his knees, but doesn’t always play with a straight back, often appearing hunched over in his stance. Able to knock opponents off-balance with his punch. Good arm extension, but placement is inconsistent; too often ends up getting grabby, especially against speed. Anchor is adequate but technique issues can allow opponents to use speed to set up power and force him to cede ground. Workmanlike if not nasty approach in the run game; can overpower opponents with his size but doesn’t appear to have much of a killer instinct. Able to use his size and natural power to generate some movement when he gets his hands inside and locks onto opponents. Can use his grip and upper-body strength to turn defenders out of the hole and wall them off from the play. Keeps his legs churning after contact when he is able to put defenders on their back foot. Can be a little bit of a waist-bender and lunge at opponents, both as a pass protector as well as in the run game; also has lateral balance issues. Some ability to get in the way at the second level but was rarely asked to pull and projects as an inline-only prospect. Not quite as fundamentally-sound as a four-year starter should be, but experience, versatility, size, and power should make him an attractive developmental choice for teams seeking an offensive guard for an inline scheme, possibly as high as the second day. Was usually able to get the job done on the outside at the college level, but would probably be better in a phone booth, where he wouldn’t have to cover so much ground and could use his size to clear holes in the run game.

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