Now that Jawaan Taylor has been drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars at the 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tenn., here's a look at what fans need to know about the 6'5", 312-pound University of Florida offensive tackle.
Taylor is a massive right tackle prospect, with the length and athleticism to hold up on the outside in the pros. He is very light on his feet, capable of mirroring quickness as a pass protector. His massive base allows him to handle power. But he’s at his best in the run game, where he dominates thanks to overwhelmingly strong arms and vise-grip hands. He’s also enough of an athlete to move to the second level and lock on. He is among the nastiest finishers in this draft class.
Taylor is still a bit raw and needs to make better use of his length, as he’ll struggle with hand placement and doesn’t always seem completely coordinated between his lower and upper body. While he has the feet to handle the edge, he can overset at times and is susceptible to inside counters. He’ll get too high at the point of attack too often.
Consistency and technique could get better, and there’s some risk with Taylor. But his natural tools are as good as any lineman’s in this class. The potential to kick inside if he struggles at tackle gives him something of a high floor.