CB Nebraska 5-10 196 SR #5
GRADE: 78 OVR RANK: NR POS RANK: (CB) NR
ARM LENGTH: 31 ½”//HAND SIZE: 10″//40YD: 4.38 (95%)//10YD: 1.54 (84%)
VJ: 33 1/2″ (84%)//BJ: 9’11” (44%)//BP: ( %)//SS: 4.13 (79%)//3C: 6.93 (68%)
Projection: Developmental CB who fits best in a scheme that allows him to play mostly press-man and gets him involved in defending the run. Draft Projection: Round 3 ~ GrindingTheMocks.com
Ravens Fit: On a cursory watch, Taylor-Britt looks like a Zone CB but watch more closely and for longer and you find a physically tough and aggressive guy who, despite playing in a mostly Zone scheme, looks more likely to stay in phase when playing in press Man on the rare occasions he does. There is much to work on, including his transition mechanics in man coverage, that likely limits him to playing outside at the next level only. But he’s physical, he’s determined, and I wouldn’t bet against him growing into a role as an outside, mostly press man CB. The Ravens need developmental depth in the CB room, he fits the bill.
Overall Fit 4/5
Plays almost exclusively as the outside CB in mostly bail/Zone coverage.
You can see him compete at the line of scrimmage and look better in press, despite playing mostly Off and Zone coverage. When in press he uses his foot speed to match angles with even WRs with better lateral agility. When in soft shoe press or squat coverage, he is patient with his footwork, waiting for the receiver to commit. If using a jam at the line of scrimmage he displays his physical toughness and aggression when working with his hands. He’s patient with his hands and has good timing and placement to his jam. He can disrupt most WRs off the line, only those with better play strength can release cleanly. He is more likely to stay in phase through the stem and into the break-point if he has been able to press first and feel the receiver. When in off coverage or bailing into a deep zone and is required to pattern match, he can let the WR into his blind spot and that then brings his transition mechanics deficiency into a greater spotlight.
In man coverage in a confined area, he has the foot speed, athleticism and processing to stay in phase but he has some tightness in his hips and struggles to open up quickly to move in either direction on routes breaking at 90 degrees. On hard angle routes, like comebacks/curls, he exhibits some wasted movement in his drive mechanics that leaves separation at the catch-point. On deeper routes like go routes and post routes, he struggles to flip his hips quickly to turn and run. He has good recovery speed but will not catch up with WRs who match his athleticism. Bigger WRs and TEs can also separate using their play strength at the break-point. He can use his processing to read WRs hips, read the QB in Zone and periph WRs and understand route progressions to get off his spot quickly but, the transition mechanics deficiency is such that better WRs who have good processing or good athletic ability can find separation from him. He does have good acceleration and closing speed when breaking on the ball, and good ball skills when he gets there. He tracks the ball well and has good hand placement when he goes for the ball.
Run Support and Tackling
He has physical toughness and aggression that belies his size. He reads run quickly and has no hesitation in inserting himself in the run game. He plays as a disciplined force player but lacks the necessary play strength to constrict running lanes against bigger, more competent blockers. He will get off blocks with effort and desire and will seek out/hit the ball carrier. He will take down bigger runners with effort when he has an angle on them but they can run over him if they can square him up. He takes good angles to the football in the open field but can go too low on tackles in space and therefore miss a diving tackle at the runner’s feet.
Transition mechanics issues but plenty of speed, physical toughness and aggression. He competes in coverage and inserts himself as a run defender. Needs more play strength
SR: 1 Sack, 1 QB Hit, 51 Total Tackles, 1 INT, 9 PBUs
JR: 29 Total Tackles, 2 INTs, 4 PBUs