NAME: Jawaan Taylor
POSITION: Offensive Tackle
JERSEY: No. 65
RECRUITMENT RATING: 3-star
WT: 334 lbs
PROS: Size and frame are excellent. When his strike-timing is right, his hands are heavy in pass protection. Typically places his punches well, and can sit down against power. Smooth mover, albeit not explosive. Typically balanced and under control as a pass protector.
Might project better to guard in the NFL. Good enough athlete in small spaces, but doesn’t have the explosiveness or range to stop pure speed. On the inside, size, power and hands could be better assets for his skill set.
CONS: Range in his set points is a big concern. Speed and bend were issues for him to control last season. Doesn’t gain much ground in his kickstep and is constantly in recovery mode to the edge. Not an explosive mover, consistently struggled against better athletes on the outside. Labored mightily when mirroring inside counter moves.
Pad level is high and hands aren’t sudden of impactful enough as a run blocker. Too often left his frame exposed and got tossed around as a result. Zone schemes did not do him any favors. Creating movement at the point of attack on solo blocks simply didn’t happen. Leg drive is minimal, fights to stalemates at best. Struggled to reach targets in space on a regular basis.