NAME: Levonta Taylor
SCHOOL: Florida State
JERSEY: No. 28
RECRUITMENT RATING: 5-star
WT: 181 lbs
The No. 1 cornerback in the nation and consensus five-star recruit coming out of high school, Taylor had a standout sophomore season. If you turn on his film expecting to see a lot of action his way, you won’t find it. Taylor is an assignment-driven player who is always in the right position. His guy is rarely open and quarterbacks found almost no success when testing his coverage.
According to Pro Football Focus, Taylor allowed the fewest amount of receptions per coverage snap in the nation. He was in coverage for 398 snaps and only 13 passes were caught against him on 35 targets for a passer rating of 26.1. On those 35 targets, Taylor had two interceptions and two pass breakups.
Those figures speak to how sound he is in coverage. Taylor mirrors patterns exceptionally well and has an astute understanding of layered coverage. He has excellent ball skills and does well to play through the receivers hands to disrupt at the catch point.
In terms of movement skills, Taylor has lightning quick footwork, fluid hips and the speed to remain in phase with opponents to any part of the field.
Taylor is undersized and it shows when he is tasked with playing off contact to get involved as a tackler. While he is often quick enough to play around blocks, he needs to get strong and develop more technique for shedding blocks. His overall contact power and ability to not get bumped off routes is questionable.
Taylor has the makings of a top flight cornerback prospect and has a chance to be a high draft selection next spring. Increased play strength to complement his athletic ability and technique would solidify that.