By: Steve Johnson
Taylor Rapp, S, Washington
*Combine measurements and drills will be added in Feb.
2016: 13 games. 51 tackles, 4 int for 58 yards and 1 TD, 2 pass break ups, 1 FF
2017: 13 games. 59 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 2 sacks, 1 int for 1 yard, 1 FF
2018: 13 games. 58 tackles, 5 TFL, 4 sacks, 2 int, 4 pass break ups, 3 FR
Accolades: 2016 Pac-12 Championship Game MVP, 2016 Pac-12 Freshmen Defensive Player of the Year, 2016 Freshmen All-American, 2017 First-team All-Pac 12, 2018 First-team All-Pac 12
History: Three-star prospect out of Bellingham, WA. He chose Washington over Stanford, Arizona St., Boise St., Colorado, Nebraska, Northwestern, Washington St., and Arizona. He also ran track and played running back in High School. Was invited to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, but chose not to play as he enrolled early at UW and was taking classes. Has declared for the 2019 NFL Draft, will forego his Senior season.
Strengths: Great size, muscular build. Hard hitter, especially when running down hill. Fluid runner, who can hit his top speed quickly. Takes good angles to the ball and runs through the tackle. Aggressive when in pursuit. Very physical taking on blocks, strong kid who understands the leverage game. Reliable open field tackler. Strong man coverage from the box covering TEs and RBs. Effective blitzer. Productive career.
Weaknesses: Tight hips and lack of top end speed, limit his range. Slow to react in balls thrown in front of him. Although good in man out of the slot, would get abused by shifty guys. Isn’t a true centerfielder. Balls skills aren’t impressive.
Overview: Rapp is a strong and physical box safety. Although Washington runs a lot of zone, Rapp has the man coverage ability, although not ideal length to cover TEs out of the slot. Not the shiftiest with some tight hips, and lack end speed prevent him from projecting as a rangy centerfielder. NFL teams covet hybrid safeties, especially ones with take on ability and pop like him.
Draft Projection: 2nd Round
Phanaddict Draft Grade: TBD
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