By: Steve Johnson
Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin
5’10 2/8″ 226 lbs
31 1/8″ arms. 9 4/8″ hands 75 3/8″ wingspan.
4.39 40 36″ Vert. 123″ Broad Jump. 17 Bench Reps.
7.01 3 Cone Drill 4.24 20 yard Shuttle
2017: 14 games. 299 att, 1977 yards, 13 TDs; 8 rec, 95 yards
2018: 13 games. 307 att, 2194 yards, 16 TDs; 8 rec, 60 yards
2019: 14 games. 320 att, 2003 yards, 21 TDs; 26 rec, 252 yards, 5 TDs
Accolades: 2017 AP Big Ten Newcomer of the Year, 2017 Big Ten Freshmen of the Year, 2017 First-Team All-Big Ten, 2018 Consensus All-American, 2018 Doak Walker Award, 2018 First-Team All-Big Ten, 2019 Doak Walker Award, 2019 Consensus All-American, 2019 First-team All-Big Ten,
History: Three-star recruit from Salem, NJ.
Strengths: Looks the part with prototypical size. Has great speed/power combo. Fantastic athlete, track star, silenced the doubters at the combine. Excellent vision/patience. Waits for his blocks to set up, light on his feet. Diagnoses the play well. Incredibly tough to bring down, elite lower half strength, a pile pusher. Punishing, can absolutely wear down a defense.
Weaknesses: Tons of miles on him, touched the ball close to 1000 times at Wisconsin. Played behind a beefy line in a run heavy scheme. Inexperienced in the passing game, only 16 rec his first two years, and 26 this year. Had some fumbling issues. Lateral ability is nothing special. Scheme diversity is a question mark.
Overview: Taylor has the size/speed/toughness combination that run heavy teams salivate over. He’s big, he’s incredibly strong, and he can take one cut to the house. Although durable and reliable throughout his career at Wisconsin, some will question how long he has left on the clock. I don’t think he’s a fit for every team, but he can be used the same way the Titans use Derrick Henry and instantly be a ROY favorite.
Draft Projection: 1st Round
Phanaddict Draft Grade: 6.39
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