WT: 255 lbs
Year: Redshirt Senior
High School: Hopewell (Hopewell, VA)
Accolades: Senior Bowl. 2018 Tennessee Team MVP.
Darrell Taylor Scouting Report
Speed/Athleticism: Darrell Taylor is a very fluid athlete. Plays as a down 4-3 EDGE as well as a 3-4 OLB in the Volunteers scheme. Taylor will probably run his forty in the 4.8-4.9 range. Taylor is very quick, uses his feet very well and positions to the ball. Moves very well for his size.
Burst/Bend: The potential of an excellent burst is there for Taylor, as he flashes his ability. The only problem is oftentimes, he is unable to do it consistently. At times, he is the last person to move on the snap. Shows good bend, not great bend, but enough to be a nuisance.
Power/Strength: Taylor displays average power and strength. He won’t wow you with his ability to move OT’s in the pocket, but he has the strength to demolish running backs.
Finesse/Hand Work: Taylor has a great arsenal of finesse moves in his pocket. He uses his hands very well to deflect initial contact and has the quickness to move around blockers after his hand use.
Tackling/Pursuit: Darrell Taylor is a good, solid tackler. He has the strength to stop people in their tracks and gives good hit power. Correctly reads run plays and is a stout run defender. He over-pursues in his angles to control the runner and prevent the runner from beating him.
Overall: Darrell Taylor is a talented finesse EDGE that NFL teams will value for his versatility. His ability to play in both 4-3 and 3-4 fronts as an effective run defender is another reason why NFL teams will value him above other EDGE guys in this draft. Taylor is a day two guy for me and can rise as a first-round prospect with a good combine and pre-draft cycle.