WEAKNESSES: Locks onto backfield assignment and is susceptible to play-action. Late to break on plays to the opposite side of the field. Doesn't display a lot of fluidity in his drops or lateral movement, and lacks consistent awareness of what's happening behind him on zone drops. Doesn't possess the straight-line speed that pass-focused NFL defenses prefer in their linebackers. Relies more on closing burst than first step as he lacks initial explosion from a stop. Has limited range sideline-to-sideline and is best suited playing in a box inside, rather than in space.
COMPARES TO: Jasper Brinkley, MLB, Minnesota Vikings - Taylor, like Brinkley, is a "downhill" linebacker who plays best in situations in which he can utilize his physicality and instincts to make plays around the line of scrimmage. He played a little bit of everywhere at Virginia Tech, but would be best suited playing inside on running downs at the next level where his limitations in space won't be as apparent. A mid- to late-round prospect as a dependable run-stopper and special teams contributor without a lot of upside.