2017 NFL DRAFT

Taylor Moton, OT

School: Western Michigan  |  Conference: MAC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Okemos, MI
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 319 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
7552-3

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
5.18--23 30 1/2-4.587.73
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
5.18--23 30 1/29'1"4.587.73

Player Overview

A four-year starter for the Broncos, Moton had his sights set on Michigan State as a recruit where his mother is an administrator, but the best Sparty offered was a walk-on opportunity.

He committed to Western Michigan, the first school to offer him a scholarship, and was part of the senior class that helped turn around the program (1-11 in 2013 to 13-1 in 2016). Moton earned the starting right tackle job as a freshman and started all 25 games there in the 2013 and 2014 seasons. He moved to right guard as a junior in 2015 and started all 13 games, earning Third Team All-MAC honors. Moton moved back to right tackle for his senior season and started all 14 games, earning First Team All-MAC honors and recognition on various All-American teams.

Moton is a wide, well-built athlete who can move bodies in the run game due to his raw power and finishing toughness. He is an alert blocker in pass protection with adequate length, but very raw with his hand use (timing and placement), often hugging and losing balance -- can get away with choppy steps and late hands in the MAC, but will be a different story in the NFL. Moton isn't a flawless prospect, but most of his issues are fixable with technique training and a move inside to guard and a smaller area might help mask his issues.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Broad shouldered frame with a wide base and thick bubble. Long arms and flexible coil to rely on his extension. Powerful upper body and aggressive hands to latch, steer and create movement as a run blocker. Secures down blocks and runs his feet at contact to drive defenders off the screen. Body has some fluidity to bend, reset and stay square. Able to hook defenders on the edge and seal outside lanes. Nice job on combo blocks to knock linemen off balance before advancing to the second level to take away the downhill linebacker. Comfortable on his feet in space. Assignment sound both on and off the field -- multiple Academic All-MAC honors in his career. Durable and reliable with a school-record 52 starts on his resume, primarily at right tackle, but also a full season inside at right guard -- voted a senior captain.

WEAKNESSES: Waist-bender and frequently finds himself off balance with his shoulders lunged passed his feet. Forceful kickslide, making him susceptible to inside moves. Poor hand tactics and placement, inviting rushers into his frame -- got away with this in college because MAC rushers couldn't move him. Inconsistent base and needs to better use his lower body to angle block, relying too much on his upper half. Head ducker. No problem advancing to the second level, but needs to stay off the ground and be more consistent breaking down in space.

--Dane Brugler (2/1/17)

 
 
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