Draft Profile: DB Levonta Taylor, Florida St.

By: Steve Johnson

Levonta Taylor, CB, Florida St.

5’9″ 181 lbs

*not invited to combine*

Senior

D.O.B. 10/4/97

*not invited to combine*

Stats/Accolades/History:

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

2018: 7 games. 19 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 int (63 yards), 1 TD, 3 pass break ups, 1 FF

2019: 9 games. 37 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 1 sack, 1 int, 3 pass break ups

Misc. Stats:

Accolades: 2016 Under Armour All-America Game

Injuries: Stress fracture in back in 18. knee injury in 19

History: Five-star recruit, our of Virginia Beach. He was the consensus top CB prospect, and a top 10 player in the country.

Strengths: Plays fast in pursuit. Extremely quick closing speed. Foot speed and change of direction are really good. Fluid hips. Doesn’t shy away from contact in the run game. Better playing with the ball in front of him, than he is playing deep. Tough kid who has played through some ailments.

Weaknesses: Has had his fair share of injuries throughout his career. Play strength isn’t there. Could be an issue at the next level. Short, will be a mismatch lining up against big WRs in the Red Zone. Can get eaten up on blocks. Doesn’t project as a deep safety.

Overview: Taylor, a former five-star recruit has had his ups and downs throughout his career. He’s dealt with a lot of injuries, although to his fairness he’s played through what he could, it’s hard not to question the long term durability, especially given his size. He’s also been moved around and rarely used properly at FSU. He has a place in the NFL, even if it’s at minimum as an upside pick who can contribute immediately on special teams. Best case scenario he has potential as a hybrid CB/S that can play down in the box and as a nickel corner.

Evaluation based on games. Florida 17′, Wake Forest 18′

Draft Projection: Mid-Late Day Three

Phanaddict Draft Grade: TBD

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