I got the opportunity to speak with Tennessee defensive end Darrell Taylor at the Senior Bowl media day event on Tuesday, January 21st. The following is a transcript of our conversation.
Draft Rite (John Vogel): So I’ve watched you a lot. You’re my EDGE 4 right now. I might be slightly biased because I live in Tennessee.
Darrell Taylor: Yeah.
Draft Rite: But anyways, I like what you bring as a good mix of run defense and pass rush. You have a really good skill set when it comes to pass-rushing and I think you’re balanced with the run. So, what do you think, in your opinion, is your biggest strength?
Taylor: I definitely think my biggest strength is pass rushing because it comes naturally. That’s what I’ve been doing all of my life, man.
Draft Rite: Is it two games with three sacks?
Draft Rite: In the same season? Kentucky and what was the other one?
Taylor: One of them was three, Kentucky was four. Georgia was in twenty-eighteen. I had three in that game.
Draft Rite: That’s right.
Taylor: It’s definitely been a long time for me. I’ve been doing it for a long time, man. I’ve been learning from some of the best coaches in college football and it’s been a great experience doing that.
Draft Rite: That’s awesome. What, in your opinion, is your greatest weakness?
Taylor: I would say that I try to strengthen all of my weaknesses that I possibly can. As far as being involved in coverage, as far as doing things such as being a spy on the quarterback, or anything like that, from not rushing the passer. I think I’ve strengthened my weaknesses up as much as I possibly can.
Draft Rite: I gotcha. So do you think you can play 3/4 outside linebacker too? as well as a 4/3 D-end?
Taylor: Yeah, I think I can play both of them. I’m good with my hand in the dirt. I’m good standing up.
Draft Rite: Do you like playing seven tech?
Taylor: Yeah, well, we really didn’t play that much of that.
Draft Rite: Yeah I know you didn’t.
Taylor: We really didn’t play much of that over the years. But, I played it in high school though.
Draft Rite: Okay, I got you. Hey, I appreciate the time, good luck to you.
Taylor: Thank you.