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Draft Prospects- Stepfan Taylor

Stepfan Taylor has been the Stanford Cardinals starting running back for the last 3 years. In his time at Stanford he has become the leading rusher in nearly all categories at Stanford. In his last year with the school after Andrew Luck departed, Taylor ran for 1530 yards and 13 TD.


Despite issues with his long distance speed and instincts I believe Taylor is a capable complementary running back at the minimum. He has a thick body and is good at churning out extra yards after contact. He does not possess the ability to make players regularly miss in the NFL but has a shiftiness to his game. In tight spaces Taylor can be good at putting a move on linebackers. Taylor is a capable receiver and a good pass protector. This could allow him to be a 3 down feature back.

Stanford ran a power style attack in college but I believe he is better suited to a Zone running style due to his attributes. I believe that Taylor could be a good one cut runner in the mould of Arian Foster. He doesn't glide the way Foster does but is a good runner. He possesses just enough speed to hit the hole and has good patience which will help him in the pros. He will need to work on his field vision to be a successful runner in the NFL. On occasion in college he would run into the wrong hole whenever a cutback would have allowed him to break free.

With the current situation at running back being pretty crowded it might be a slight surprise if the Chargers selected another running back. However I see Danny Woodhead as a change of pace 3rd down back only. Ryan Mathews has obvious durability issues and is highly unlikely to be available for a whole season. Taylor would be a good backup and could step in as a starter when Mathews is injured. If after this season Mathews is cut for one reason or another then we could have a ready made replacement on the roster.

Due to his slow time at the combine it is likely that Taylor will be available in the 5th round. I am not sure if we should select him there but if he's available in the 6th I would definitely take him. He would be an immediate back-up and could become a starter in the future.

This FanPost was written by a member of the Bolts From The Blue community and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Bolts From The Blue editors or SB Nation.

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