As we inch closer to the 2013 NFL Draft, scoutPRO expert Nelson Sousa is here again to discuss another RB prospect. Today, the topic will be Stanford’s Stepfan Taylor:
Stepfan Taylor did not test well at the combine with a slow 40 (4.76) and overall just very average numbers across the board. This will keep him under-the-radar and make him my sleeper RB of the draft. After watching film on him, it became very obvious that he is much faster on game day than what his 40 time indicates. From what I saw on film and scouting reports I have read, he is the best pass catching and pass protecting back in the draft, which will make him very attractive to teams in today’s NFL. He is built thick and solid at 5’9” and 214 pounds. What stood out to me is that he has tremendous balance when he runs and always falls forward on contact. He is well prepared for a power running scheme coming out of Stanford, where they have a NFL-style rushing offense. Taylor is a poor man’s Ray Rice and depending on what team decides to draft him, he should see the field right away due to his top-notch skill set in the passing game. I could see a team like the Steelers, Jets or Packers drafting him in the 2nd round to be their full-time RB.
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