2017 NFL DRAFT

Taylor Decker, OT

School: Ohio State  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Vandalia, OH
Height/Weight: 6-7 / 310 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
2241

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
5.233.02-20 29-4.767.70
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
5.163.021.8120 298'5"4.767.70

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Player Overview

Decker could be the top senior tackle in the 2016 draft, leaving Columbus with 42 consecutive starts including 28 at left tackle. He was named Big Ten offensive lineman of the year in 2015, when he was also All-Big Ten and a team captain.

Decker became a sophomore starter at right tackle in 2013 (14 starts) moving over to the left side and starting all 15 games during Ohio State's national title run in 2014.

Was primarily a special teamer in 2012 as a freshman, playing in all 12 games for the undefeated Buckeyes.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Well put together with a large frame, essential body girth and very good core strength. Utilizes his reach and strong hands to latch-and-control rushers from the outset.

Despite his height, shows the natural knee bend and sturdy anchor to absorb the rush and reestablish his base. Balanced in his movements and shifts his weight well to shuffle and recover. Terrific timing at the second level with the mobility to pull and occupy linebackers in space.

Physical drive blocker and plays with the nasty streak and competitive demeanor needed for the next level. Reliable, well-spoken and vocal leader with the make-up to start from Day One in the NFL. All-American resume with durable experience as a three-year starter at both tackle spots - first Buckeye tackle to earn Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year since Orlando Pace.

WEAKNESSES: Naturally tall pad level and will lose the leverage battle when rushers are able to get underneath him. Has the knee bend to sink and absorb, but can be late to drop his hips, taking away his anchor strength.

Needs to be more technically proficient with his reach and hand placement mid-kick-slide. Active puncher, but doesn't consistently land his jabs. Inconsistent snap anticipation and can be late to set up. Has snaps on film where he seems to fall asleep, missing his usual urgency.

Has the aggressive take-on strength to sustain blocks, but needs to better use angles to his advantage. Still developing his pre-snap recognition skills and can be fooled by delayed pressures.

COMPARES TO: Jack Mewhort, Indianapolis Colts - Like his former teammate at Ohio State, Decker is a tall, power-based blocker who is able to neutralize quickness off the edge, but, like Mewhort, he might need to start his career inside at guard until he adjusts to the speed of the NFL.

IN OUR VIEW: Decker started the last 42 games for the Buckeyes, splitting time between left and right tackle, and was part of a senior class that won 50 games at Ohio State. He had a rough debut against Buffalo's Khalil Mack (Oakland Raider top-five pick in the 2014 NFL Draft) in his first career start, but has been an ascending talent since, learning from past mistakes and developing his skill-set.

He has reliable character, a can-do attitude and pro-ready make-up that fits NFL locker rooms. Decker can struggle at times with speed off the edge, especially flexible rushers who can bend underneath him, but he has the frame, balance and forceful hands to neutralize quickness and control the point of attack.

Although he doesn't have a high ceiling, Decker projects as an immediate starter at tackle or guard.

--Dane Brugler (2/3/16)

 
 
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