Steven Taylor
Projection
Round 7
Grade
C
6.30
Backup

Steven Taylor

Linebacker
Houston
  • Year: Redshirt Senior
  • Height: 6-0
  • Weight: 230
  • 40-Yard: 4.78
  • Arm: N/A
  • Hand: N/A

Strong Points

Four-year starter. Shows marginally good overall athleticism. Productive in coverage. Has 18 sacks over the past two seasons.

Weak Points

Marginal size to play LB in the NFL. Can be slow to get off blocks. Has a burst to the ball but don't see good top-end speed. More of a reactor than an anticipator.

The Way We See It

Has production on paper but you don't always see it on tape. Part of the problem is he doesn't make a lot of plays at the line of scrimmage but rather downfield. Doesn't anticipate as quickly as he should. Has sack production but I haven't seen a top pass rusher on tape. Does time blitzes well and can find a seam. Overall, more of a backup type who will need to produce as a special teams player. Needs to add strength and bulk. It's hard to envision him being able to add enough muscle to fix a lot of what's missing. Still, there isn't a team in the league that isn't looking for a pass rusher so it'll be interesting to see how he fares once he gets in a camp.