WR Taywan Taylor, Western Kentucky

5’11” – 203 lbs. – 4.50

Started seven games in each of his first two seasons with the Hilltoppers before becoming a full-time starter as a junior, a role he reprised the following year. Not the tallest receiver, but has a thick build and arms which measured 32 5/8” at the Combine. Plays both outside and inside, usually on the right side of the formation, but might be more of an inside receiver at the pro level, especially on a team that sends their slot men downfield frequently. Excellent on-field competitiveness/temperament. Has impressive play speed. Explosive route-runner with some shake at his stem and when releasing off the line of scrimmage; capable of creating separation over either a short pattern or when making his way down the field to provide a deep threat. Most of the patterns he runs carry him over the middle of the field (high rate of slants), and some of those are broken off in order to get deep on sluggo patterns. Runs a lot of double moves in general and does a good job of selling them. Probably more explosive as a mover than sharp when running routes. Tracks the ball well over his shoulder when targeted down the sidelines. Has good body control and awareness near the boundary and is capable of getting his feet inbounds. Has enough leaping ability that the team would give him a chance to go up and get passes in tight coverage, or on fade patterns. Not a totally natural hands-catcher and will attempt to pin a lot of passes against his body. Gets up the field quickly and has enough agility to make defenders miss in the open field. The team made a concerted effort to get the ball in his hands by asking him to catch screens, drag across the formation, or go in motion and run jet sweeps. Good aggression and physicality as a blocker; not the biggest wide receiver around, but can get a grip on his opponents and use his leg drive to create movement. Very good competitor with the explosiveness to succeed at the next level; will probably need some time to clean up his route-running and to transition from the simplistic offense he played in at the college level to a pro-style scheme, but it’s easy to imagine a scenario in which he ends up becoming a team’s primary slot receiver and may even make sense as a flanker for some teams. Has a shot to go on the second day after an impressive Combine performance.

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