2011 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Phil Taylor, NT, Baylor Bears

by Cory J. Bonini on March 28, 2011 @ 01:28:20 PDT

 


Baylor nose tackle Phil Taylor concluded his senior season and heads into the 2011 NFL Draft as a coveted prospect. The behemoth, run-stuffing nose tackle fits 3-4 alignments and should be in fairly high demand.

Taylor's best season came in 2010, when he made 62 total tackles and 2.0 sacks. He has 5.0 career quarterback takedowns and an interception. 

Strengths

  • Size (6-foot-3 1/4, 334 pounds)
  • Occupies multiple blockers
  • Sheds blockers with ease
  • Phil Taylor, draft prospect
    334-pound anchor
    Ideal fit as a 3-4 nose tackle
  • Shows flashes of a first-step burst
  • Strength (31 reps at 225 pounds)
  • Plays with leverage
  • Laterally mobile against the run
  • Can engulf a ball carrier 

Weaknesses

  • Dismissed from Penn State after being charged with felony aggravated assault
  • Doesn't consistently show instinctual reaction
  • Fails to fire out of his stance with regularity
  • Durability and conditioning concerns - plays at his best in a rotation

Expected draft placement

Taylor's size and ability to anchor a 3-4 defensive front will place a premium on his services in the draft. He is likely to be a late first-round pick or an early second-rounder. The New England Patriots (No. 28, No. 33) could consider him in the first or at the top of the second, although we feel he slides to the Houston Texans (No. 42) in the second round.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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