2011 NFL Draft Player Profile | Phil Taylor
Taylor was a four star recruit and one of the top defensive tackles who landed at Penn State after finishing up at Gwynn Park High School. Taylor transferred to Baylor after being kicked off of the Penn State football team in 2008.
Player Name: Phil Taylor
Position: Defensive Tackle
Taylor’s size and strength are exceptional. At 6’4 338 pounds, he has the ability to play either 3-4 nose tackle, or as a five technique if he really wanted to. He’s shown a nice ability to penetrate and has good quickness despite his bulk. Taylor is a natural space eater who has long arms and does a great job holding the point of attack. He has quick enough feet to move well laterally, and he controls offensive lineman sometimes throwing them around like they are nothing.
Ultimately, Taylor’s past could come back to haunt him. He was suspended, and then booted off of the Penn State football team because of an alleged fraternity fight in which he was involved in. His lack of production is somewhat worrisome, although playing the nose tackle position won’t rack up the big time stats, as they are generally gap stuffers. He has been known to take plays off and is pretty much restricted to the nose tackle position.
Taylor’s stock is rising, and rising fast. His Senior Bowl practices and game performance was among the tops out of all of the players, and finding true 3-4 nose tackles is not easy. Again, with more and more teams converting to the 3-4 defense, the demand for nose guards and defensive ends that can take up space is rising. Taylor could be off of the board in the second round to a team like Buffalo, Kansas City, Arizona, New England, or even Pittsburgh with Casey Hampton aging.
NFL Comparison: Antonio Garay