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Exclusive Draft Profile: Curtis Taylor

November 20, 2008

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Name: Curtis Taylor

Position: Safety

School: LSU

Height & Weight: 6-2 / 209 

Class: Senior

What I Think: Curtis Taylor is a mid-round prospect at Safety who has shown a good amount of NFL potential after playing at LSU for years. After replacing first round pick LaRon Landry he actually showed that he could be a decent starter at the College Football level and maybe one at the NFL level some day. He possesses all the physical tools but might not have the necessary intangibles to become successful quickly. Taylor has very good height and bulk with long arms the ability to knock down most passes. It goes well with his ability to leap very high and while he doesn’t have great catching or ball control skills he still can get a few interceptions. Taylor has great athleticism and has amazing speed with lots of Special Teams potential. He could easily work his way into the league by showing just that. With nice instincts and awareness he can be a leader on defense. Taylor also has good range too and is outstanding in pursuit. He has a lot of energy and stamina too. He recovers quickly and rarely ever is too tired to miss a down. Taylor even has the ability to send a crushing hit on opponents. His upside is decent but his downside is worse. His running is not very smooth or fluid nor are his hips. He also seems to be too aggressive at time when tackling and will frequently miss because of that. You can tell he doesn’t like to play very physical which may be his biggest problem. We can only credit this with Taylor not being very strong. Also he needs to improve a bit against the run. He has the physical tools to be able to be dominant in the run game and a good coach could fix that. I would probably project him as a 4th-5th rounder. 

Draft Grade: C

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