2019 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Florida OT Jawaan Taylor

HEIGHT: 6-5

WEIGHT: 312

COLLEGE: Florida

CLASS: Junior

GAMES WATCHED (6): Kentucky, LSU, Georgia, Mississippi State, Florida StateSouth Carolina (2018)

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SIZE/PHYSICAL TRAITS (5/5)

  • Good size and length for the offensive tackle position (35 1/8″ arms)
  • Weight will need to be monitored after fluctuations in college

PASS BLOCKING (25/30)

  • Generally showcases good sustain in pass protection despite inconsistent hand placement/pad level
  • Mirrors well and doesn’t bite on fakes
  • Gives up little to no ground against power rushers thanks to firm anchor — shows supreme grip strength once engaged with defenders
  • Has adequate foot quickness to combat speed rushers around the arc

RUN BLOCKING (17/20)

  • Mauling run blocker — plays with a nasty streak and consistently finishes blocks
  • Can fall off of drive blocks on occasion when he leans forward too far
  • Occasionally overruns targets on second level blocks

TECHNIQUE (10.5/15)

  • Smooth footwork — effective pass blocker from quick set and kick-slide
  • Patient pass blocker — doesn’t lunge/get off balance
  • Keeps feet moving laterally to sustain blocks in pass protection reps
  • Good timing on combo blocks
  • Hand placement is inconsistent — doesn’t consistently land hands inside
  • Can be late with his punch on occasion
  • Occasionally gets overextended and “opens door” for inside counter moves
  • High pad level — doesn’t usually bend knees when drive blocking; defenders can get underneath his pads and shed him during pass blocking reps at times due to high pad level

MOVEMENT SKILLS (13.5/15)

  • Good foot quickness out of kick-slide — obtains enough depth to get hands on speedy edge rushers on outside rush attempts
  • Somewhat prone to over-setting when working to combat wider-aligned speed rushers — doesn’t have top-notch foot quickness to keep up without bailing out of his kick-slide
  • Fairly fluid mover on zone-blocking concepts — can pull to the opposite side of the formation/pull to the second level and reach landmarks
  • Length and functional athleticism afford him recovery opportunities on occasions where he loses a rep early in the play

AWARENESS/BLITZ RECOGNITION (12/15)

  • Pretty good at processing twists and stunts, but occasionally gets confused when responsibilities change post-snap
  • Doesn’t always process defensive line slants correctly, which leads to some missed assignments

OVERALL GRADE: 83.00/100.00 — 1ST ROUND — Rookie starter; top-15 player at position/Pro Bowl potential

SCHEME FIT: Great fit for gap-blocking scheme; athletic enough to fit zone-blocking scheme

DRAFT PROJECTION: Top-15 pick

“Jawaan Taylor is an effective run and pass blocker, despite technical inconsistencies. He’s a good enough athlete to remain at right tackle in the NFL, and that’s where I believe he ultimately should play at the next level, but his traits project favorably to guard as well if a team desires to move him inside. Taylor has enough polish to be a serviceable starter from day one, and if he irons out his technique issues, he has the potential to become a quality starter at right tackle.” — Dan Wussow

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