Thursday, April 12, 2012
Draft preview: LSU S Brandon Taylor
By Tim MacMahon and Bryan Broaddus
The 24th installment of our draft preview series focuses on LSU safety Brandon Taylor.
Scouts Inc. ranks: No. 3 safety, No. 68 overall
Bio: Three-year starter at LSU who was a team captain for the SEC champions and BCS runners-up as a senior. Finished career with 160 tackles (11.5 for losses), 15 passes broken up and four interceptions. Had 71 tackles and two interceptions as a senior, when he wore No. 18, an honor at LSU bestowed on the senior who best represents the program.
Brandon Taylor wore No. 18 last season at LSU -- an honor bestowed on the senior who best represents the program.
Broaddus Breakdown (viewed Oregon, West Virginia and Arkansas games): Is built like a strong safety, but you see him do some free safety things. Does a really nice job of finding the ball and getting in on the play. ... Plays off the blocks well. Will bounce off them at times. ... Was unique to study in the way they he would appear like he was in a bad position on the tackle, then readjust himself to wrap up to bring the man down. Can be a physical tackler. ... Has a burst to drive on the ball in coverage. Will also break well when the ball is thrown to the outside. Shows some range from the middle of the field. Showed some quickness with his range. Had in interception in which he was playing center field and the ball was tipped but he was right there to make the play. ... Got fooled on a vertical route in the West Virginia game when he got caught peeking at the quarterback instead of playing his man. ... Observed him in coverage out of the slot where he got beat, but then the next time was able to drive on the ball and make the plays. ... Is very aware when it comes to picking up players in coverage. Times when the corners would bust their coverage and he was able to adjust from his man and recover to help on the play. ... Did a nice job of driving on the football when it was thrown in front of him. Plays with good footwork, which has been a problem for several of the safeties that I have studied this spring. ... If he does have a trait that bothers me, at times he will take a strange angle to the ball, which will put him in funny positions to tackle. But when he is on, things are OK. ... Would be an interesting option for a team for two reasons: he is physical and he does have coverage skills. ... Was a former high school cornerback, so you see that he is comfortable carrying a receiver in the route. Has a feel for how to drive and break on the ball as well. ... Has the strong safety build but also shows free safety traits, which will give him an opportunity in this league.