Darrell Taylor - Tennessee

Height/Weight - 6'4/267

Age/Birthday - 23 Years Old, (March 24, 1997)

Combine Results - 40-, Vert-", Broad-"

Class - RS Senior

Conference - SEC East

NFL Draft Projection - Round 5

College Stats -

2019 - 28 (Solos)/18 (Assists)/10.0 (TFL)/8.5 (Sacks)

2018 - 27 (Solos)/9 (Assists)/11.0 (TFL)/8.0 (Sacks)

2017 - 14 (Solos)/13 (Assists)/4.5 (TFL)/3.0 (Sacks)

2016 - 6 (Solos)/3 (Assists)/1.0 (TFL)/0.0 (Sacks)

NFL Player ComparisonDerek Barnett, Takk McKinley

Current ADP -  (Rookie Drafts),  (Start Ups)

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Player Notes Pros

  • Excellent athlete with freakish bend, good short area quickness, & explosive first step

  • Can win on a two way go with his ability to quickly dart to a half man relationship

  • Ability to incorporate a power dynamic into his rushes, has some good pop to his hands

  • Natural athleticism shows up in drops as well, candidate for some cover responsibilities

  • Sufficient length/strength to one arm some opponents & keep outside shoulder clean

  • Has good explosiveness off the ball when given free rein to pass rush on the outside

  • Showcases the burst & bend needed to win around the outside hip of offensive tackles

  • Gets home regularly with a dip n' rip in addition to a long arm bull rush 

  • Has the juice needed to get depth in his initial steps & challenge the speed of blockers

  • Despite not being the biggest player on the field, he finds success setting a firm edge

  • Been used in a versatile capacity, aligning from both a two and three point stance

  • Even tasked with defending some short zones in coverage due to athleticism

  • Works incredibly hard to establish his hands to control blockers at the point of attack

 

Player Notes Cons

 

  • Does not seem to have quality instincts or recognition for line of scrimmage play

  • Frequently ends his rushes by burying himself into his opponent

  • Generally uninspiring run defender fails to recognize when he's getting kicked out

  • Loses to TE's in run game with upright approach, fails to use power & initiate contact

  • May need multiple years to begin to develop athletic traits into starting caliber play

  • Doesn’t consistently find a half man relationship to set up his rushes