The Seattle Seahawks traded up in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, taking Tennessee’s Darrell Taylor with the 48th overall pick. Taylor is an edge rusher who’s coming off an 8.5 sack season in which he played through a stress fracture in his shin.
He may not be one of the bigger names in terms of pass-rushing options in this year’s class, but he has that initial speed and bend that Pete Carroll consistently desires out of his defensive ends. Here’s the scouting report on him from The Draft Network:
PROS: Excellent athlete with freaky-deaky bend, good short-area quickness, and an explosive first step when he’s tasked with teeing off the line of scrimmage. Can win on a two-way go with his ability to quickly dart to a half-man relationship and finish tough corners with great bend. Flashes the ability to lace a power dynamic into his rushes and has some good pop to his hands when he lands them correctly. Natural athleticism shows up in space drops as well — is a candidate for some cover responsibilities at the next level. Plays with good discipline as a run defender when the EMLOS and has sufficient length/strength to one-arm some opponents and keep outside shoulder clean. Has good explosiveness off the ball when given free rein to pass-rush on the outside track and can win rushes off of his first step at times.
CONS: Underdeveloped as a pass-rusher and run defender alike. Does not seem to have quality instincts or recognition for line of scrimmage play. Frequently ends his rushes by burying himself into his opponent given only modest length and subpar hand usage up the arc. Does not throw any rush moves with consistent success and does not demonstrate regular timing/placement on his strikes. Rushes upright and gets swallowed up by length/strength accordingly. Generally an uninspiring run defender who fails to quickly recognize when he’s getting kicked out or read as an option player. Will lose to tight ends in the running game given upright approach, failure to recruit power and initiate contact, and poor recognition. Needs multiple years in a stable position on the field to begin to develop athletic traits into starting-caliber play.
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