DT – #9 Appalachian State
Year: Redshirt Senior
High School: Northwestern (Miami, FL)
HS Rating: 2 star (0.7731)
Phil Steele: PS#466
Demetrius Taylor Scouting Report
Excellent speed for his position. It looks so unnatural with his size when you see him moving. Taylors quick feet are astonishing for a man his size. Lateral quickness is great. Taylor’s first step is great. Very explosive threat.
Didn’t consistently pull double teams, but didn’t primarily play inside. He was more of the edge rusher. Struggled against double teams, even if it was an offensive tackle and a running back. Placement is inconsistent, but flashes the proper use of his hands while fighting for positioning.
Decent tackling ability. Offers run support ability because of his football intelligence. Struggles with pursuit angles when coming in run support off the edge. Plays with some range to the perimeter, especially considering his size. Recognizes concepts quickly and sets to defend them. Excellent pass rusher. Gets good bend, has an effective speed rush too.
What we want to see from Demetrius Taylor in Orlando
- Demetrius Taylor struggled tremendously at splitting gaps as a gap defender which is usually a product of inconsistent hand usage. We’d like to see Taylor show better hand usage and show that he can be that pass rushing interior that can crush the pocket as we project him to become.
Pre-Hula Bowl projection
Demetrius Taylor best projects into a rotational role in a 4-3 defensive front playing both 3-tech and 1-tech. He has some real explosive ability and his athletic ability at his size is wild. NFL teams will be attracted to his athleticism that he has already displayed. To us, he looks like a guy who can become a starter over the next couple of years and play a long, successful NFL career.
We like Taylor as a fourth/fifth-round prospect as an interior 4-3 defender who will rotate between the 1-tech and 3-tech spots. His burst and strength make him an extremely intriguing prospect.