By: Tanner Elliott
6’3” 195 lbs.
University of Washington
Keith Taylor is very disciplined, following a receiver’s hips instead of his head/torso. This is very important for a corner, as it’s harder to lose a receiver by following his hips. This also makes Taylor a very good man coverage corner, and if his technique improves he has the potential to be a lock-down corner. When he was in man, it was very rare he was beaten; he uses his length to his advantage.
Taylor gets beat inside a lot, and gives minimal effort to try and stop the receiver from going inside. This could be because he plays too far off the receiver or that he’s just a raw prospect. When it comes to making plays, Taylor isn’t the guy you want. He had no interceptions, forced fumbles, or fumble recoveries during his college career. Even though this may not be a huge issue, it may be a concern to some as he can’t produce turnovers.
There are a lot of things to like about Keith Taylor as a draft prospect, but he is a very raw talent. He has the potential to be an impact player on day one, and eventually turn into a starting NFL corner if he can clean up his technique. I expect him to be a late second or early third round pick in the NFL Draft.