Third round pick Taywan Taylor will compete for the third WR spot.
Offseason fluff pieces from OTAs are usually nothing to take into account. But when it’s about a player the general manager valued so highly that they traded up for him, it’s worthy of being classified as “intriguing”.
Taywan Taylor was the 72nd overall pick in last April’s draft. Tennessee Titans GM Jon Robinson traded up 11 spots to secure Taylor, a player they envision being a second or third wide receiver for years to come. With first round receiver Corey Davis in tow, trading up for Taylor spoke volumes about what the Titans thought of their receivers and of Taylor.
Taylor’s final two years at Western Kentucky were extremely productive, to say the least. He totaled 184 receptions, 3,197 yards and 34 touchdowns. Those numbers are just ridiculous in any conference or level. PeeWee football stars can’t even rack those up. Add in solid measurables and a pro comparable that should salivate the mouth of any Titans fan, and Taylor is looking like an immediate impact player for the team.
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While Davis got most of the hype during the draft, and rightly so, Taylor had flown a bit under the radar heading into OTAs. Now that he’s gotten on the field and shown his talent, he’s no longer a secret.
Following quotes taken from a Jim Wyatt article on Taylor.
"Taywan Taylor: “Some of the guys, they told me I can definitely do this, that I can play in this league. They can see it in me. And that motivates me to work even harder and to keep pushing myself.”"
Even offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie has been impressed with Taylor, and the rookies in general.
"“They are doing good,” Robiskie said. “Those guys have come in and you can see they are fast, they are going fast, and they have studied their playbooks. From the time they came in for a visit and the communication we had, some of the stuff has carried over."
Perhaps the most telling of all, though, aren’t the rave reviews, but rather a quote from fellow rookie Davis.
"“He has a lot of potential,’’ Davis said of Taylor. “He is a great guy, a great person. And he can be great at this level.”"
That right there is the description of the kind of player that Robinson clearly wants on his team. A player with all the talent in the world to get better in time, but one that is as great of a human being as he is a player.
Time will tell if Taylor ends up being as dominant as his workouts and college numbers indicate. It won’t be for lack of trying or lack of character on his part. Early signs are that all of his skills and character traits will translate into success at the next level.