By: Steve Johnson
Levonta Taylor, CB, Florida St.
*Combine measurements and drills will be added in Feb.
2016: 8 games. 16 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 pass break up
2017: 11 games. 18 tackles, 1 TFL, 2 int (18 yards), 1 TD, 3 pass break ups
Accolades: 2016 Under Armour All-America Game
History: Five-star recruit, our of Virginia Beach. He was the consensus top CB prospect, and a top 10 player in the country.
Strengths: Blazing speed. Technically sound, assignment driven player. Tough to watch on film, because he was rarely tested by opposing Quarterbacks. Elite foot speed and change of direction. Hips are as fluid as they come. Extremely quick closing speed. Great recovery speed, although he’s rarely out of position. Great eyes in both zone and man coverage. Great ball skills.
Weaknesses: Short. Play strength isn’t there. Cannot be counted on in the run game. Could be a mismatch lining up against big WRs in the Red Zone. Can get eaten up on blocks.
Overview: One of, if not the most technical sound corners I’ve graded. Taylor has extremely quick lateral quickness and long speed. He is a natural ball hawk and has amazing eyes. He isn’t the tallest, and will need to get stronger, but he has the potential to be a top pick in the 2019 Draft.
Draft Projection: Top 15 Pick
Phanaddict Draft Grade: TBD
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