OT Alex Taylor, South Carolina St.

6’9” – 305 lbs.

University website does not provide biographical information, but previously attended Appalachian State. Played just two years of football in high school, then redshirted his first season at the university level. Has pro bloodlines – uncle Pierson Prioleau had a successful career as a safety. Will update with additional biographical information as it becomes available. Very tall, long-limbed right tackle who appears to still be growing into his frame; looks like he could carry a lot more bulk. Has a basketball background and it shows. A very good athlete for his size; light on his feet and able to get blocks in space. Capable of chipping one opponent and climbing up to the second level to secure another block. Strong competitor; demonstrates a good motor to stick with opponents through the whistle. Gets extension with his arms and keeps his legs churning after contact. Hand placement is good. Working in pass protection, demonstrates the lateral quickness to mirror speed on the edge. Has some ability to bend at the knees. Active with his hands; extension in the run game carries over into his pass sets. Overall size and length can make him difficult to get around. Anchor strength is adequate as well. Still very much a work in progress. Doesn’t play a particularly pretty brand of football despite his athletic ability; finds himself out of position more often than you’d expect for a player with his length and quickness, forcing him to try and steer opponents wide or deep instead of mirroring or walling off. Would like to see him get more consistent depth with his kickslide. Needs to learn to power step back and counter inside moves. More likely to stick with opponents because of effort than because of grip strength, which looks average. Balance issues crop up frequently; doesn’t end up on the ground often, but is forced to hunch over because of his height. Can be put on skates too easily by opponents when playing outside his frame. On other snaps, will let opponents win the leverage battle and get into his pads. Left football at one point; which will likely call his passion into question. A very intriguing small-school developmental tackle who offers excellent size, length, and athletic ability, but who needs to add additional bulk, refine his technique and instincts, and play within his frame more consistently. Has left-tackle potential but is very raw.

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