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Phil Taylor

Phil Taylor
NFL Draft Scouting Report

Defensive Tackle

Baylor


College Position: Defensive Tackle
School: Baylor
Grade: Senior
Height: 6-3
Weight: 351
Birthdate: 04-07-1988
Draft Projection: Second
Overall Rank: Unranked
NFL Draft Position (Rank): Defensive Tackle (6)

Draft Result

Drafted in the 2011 Draft by the Cleveland Browns in the 1st round with the #21 pick.
A huge body that most had pegged as a 3-4 nose guard, he will likely be playing in a 4-3 under Dick Jauron in Cleveland. A two-gapper who excels defending the run, look for Taylor to start immediately in a depleted front line for the Browns.

Combine Results



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Strengths

  • Big-bodied nose tackle prospect who commands double teams
  • Anchors against the run
  • Ideal size for a nose - 350 pounds and carries the weight well
  • Good strength and power at the point of attack
  • Athletic - Moves well for his size but still plays best in a phone booth
  • Dominant performer in the trenches at the Senior Bowl
  

Weaknesses

  • Weight - always a concern for 350 pounders
  • Endurance - wears down at times
  • Minimal impact as a pass rusher
  • Slow off the ball
  • Limited lateral agility
  • Plays upright at times causing him to lose the leverage battle
  • Raw - Has upside as a developmental nose tackle but may not be ready to play right away.
  • Had some off-field issues at Penn State that resulted in him being dismissed from the team prior to transferring to Baylor

News

2011 NFL Draft Recap: AFC North Grades - May 12 (Chris Maier)
2011 NFL Draft: Jared Counterman's Winners and Losers - May 3 (Jared Counterman)
2011 NFL Draft: The Ten Biggest Headscratchers of Days One and Two - Apr 30 (Jared Counterman)
2011 NFL Draft: Fran Duffy's Final Mock Draft - Apr 28 (Fran Duffy)
2011 NFL Draft Preview: Defensive Tackle - Apr 19 (Fran Duffy)
10 Players Likely To Be Overdrafted In the 2011 NFL Draft - Apr 6 (Chris Maier)
2011 NFL Draft Pick Analysis: Which Positions Provide the Best Value - Mar 17 (Fran Duffy)
2011 NFL Scouting Combine: Defensive Tackle, Defensive End and Linebacker Recap - Feb 28 (Chris Maier)
2011 NFL Draft: All Underrated Team - Defense - Feb 16 (Fran Duffy)
2011 Senior Bowl Report Card: Recapping the Weeks Top Stories Includes Stock Up/Down (Chris Maier) - Jan 28 (Chris Maier)
2011 Senior Bowl: South Practice Day Three - Jan 26 (Chris Maier & Doug Lancy)
2011 Senior Bowl: Player/Team Observations - Jan 25 (Chris Maier)
2011 Senior Bowl: South Practice Day One - Jan 24 (Doug Lancy)
2011 Senior Bowl: South Team Heights Weights and More - Jan 24 (Doug Lancy)
2011 Senior Bowl Preview: Who and What to Watch - Jan 22 (Chris Maier)
2011 Senior Bowl: Confirmed Players - Jan 6 (Chris Maier)
A Draftniks Guide to the Bowl Games: Week 2 (Dec 25 - 31) - Dec 22 (Chris Maier)

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