#23 Jonathan Taylor
WT: 226 lbs
High School: Salem (Salem, NJ)
Accolades: 2019 Doak Walker Award winner. 2019 1st Team All-American, 1st Team All-Big Ten. 2018 Doak Walker Award winner. 2018 1st Team All-American, 1st Team All-Big Ten, Academic All-Big Ten. 2017 2nd Team All-American, Freshman All-American, 1st Team All-Big Ten.
3 Cone: 7.01
20 Shtl: 4.24
Scouting Report: RB Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin
Speed/Athleticism: We all knew that Jonathan Taylor was probably the most athletic running back to come through Wisconsin, a school that has historically produced many running backs. However, the athletic profile that Jonathan Taylor put together at the NFL Combine was mind-boggling. Taylors speed and athleticism is the top in this class. A former track runner, Taylor is a top-line athlete and still has an NFL body transformation to go through. 24/25.
Contact Balance: Taylor’s contact balance is extraordinary. Absorbs contact and it takes a lot of effort to bring him down. I don’t really ever see him stopped and pushed backward, always falls forward. Has the skillset and body to be a power runner as well as a speedrunner. 19/20.
Receiving Ability: There were concerns coming into the season about Taylors ability to contribute to the passing game. However, he silenced many of those critics this past season. His hands are still a little bit inconsistent, but he’s explosive in the open field as a receiver. Taylor really needs to improve his catch angles. Good route runner who works through contact to stay on his route. 14/20.
Blocking Ability: Wisconsin doesn’t ask Taylor to block very often, but when they did he was pretty effective. His size is great, and it allows him to plant well and be effective even when his technique is a little bit off. That being said, his technique is a little bit off, and he is constantly having to recover. Needs to learn how to better engage with defenders as he often approaches them aggressively. 10/15.
Field Vision/Football IQ: Jonathan Taylor has fantastic field vision. Taylor moves very well through traffic and tight spaces. Always seems to find the open lane or hole. He creates holes with his fantastic athleticism. From a football IQ standpoint, Taylor seems to be a very intelligent player. Understands his assignment well and contributes to the play in other ways when the opportunity arises. 14/15.
Leadership/Personality: Taylor has a clean slate off of the field. He’s a team-oriented person, something that the NFL will value highly. Didn’t sit out bowl games to play with teammates. A good leader. He is a very intelligent person that will kill interviews. 5/5.
As a runner, Taylor is not only very experienced and nuanced, but he really can’t get much better. His contact balance is great, he combines it well with his athleticism, and his field vision is arguably the best in the class. That being said, Taylor still has room to grow as a receiver and a blocker, something that NFL teams value more and more in their running backs these days. That being said, he’s still good enough at it all to be effective immediately, he’s only going to get better in the league. He’s a first-round talent, and he should be a first-round pick.
Injury Rating: (2)
Ceiling Rating: (2)
Overall Rating: 90