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Cooper Taylor, SS

School: Richmond  |  Conference: COL
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 228 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
275117-FA
LATEST NEWS
04/08/2013 - 2013 Richmond Pro Day: Scouts brave the cold at Richmond Pro Day...The weather was crisp - about 35 degrees - for Richmond's outdoor pro day on March 19. Scouts from 20 NFL teams braved the cold to watch seven players work out. Nobody there that had gone to combine, but there were three players of note: Cooper Taylor S (6-4??", 228 pounds) - Taylor ran 4.58 and 4.49, did 36??" in the vertical, 10-foot-7 in the broad jump, 4.29 in the short-shuttle, 6.96 in the three-cone and 23 reps on the bench press. The coaches worked Taylor out as a linebacker. His official position will be strong safety, but he's one of those guys who could possibly bulk up and play outside linebacker. Reminiscent of Kam Chancellor of the Seattle Seahawks. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

03/18/2013 - The University of Richmond will welcome National Football League scouts and position coaches to Robins Stadium on Tuesday, March 19 for the Spiders' annual Pro Day. This year's events will be closed to the general public. Among the players participating in the Pro Day activities will be Richmond players Cooper Taylor, Kendall Gaskins, John Laub, Kevin Finney, Darryl Hamilton and Rodney Barnes.

Richmond's Pro Days have traditionally been well attended by NFL scouts and coaches in recent history, as current NFL players and Spider alumni Tim Hightower (former Washington Redskins running back), Justin Rogers (Buffalo Bills running back) and Lawrence Sidbury (Indianapolis Colts defensive line) have all participated. - Richmond football

01/18/2013 - 2013 SHRINE GAME PRACTICE RISERS: 4. S Cooper Taylor, Richmond (6042, 229 -- East Team)...A Georgia Tech transfer, Taylor stood out as the most impressive defender on the East squad during practice. With his size and strength, he is an enforcer against the run but he also showed the range and athleticism to be effective in coverage as well as the football intelligence to digest a lot of coaching all at once. Taylor routinely drew praise from the coaching staff during drills and often made the calls to get his teammates in proper position. His NFL draft arrow is pointing up after this week, creating some buzz among scouts. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/15/2013 - EAST WEST SHRINE GAME - MONDAY PRACTICE: During the East practice session, the top small-schooler that stood out was Richmond safety Cooper Taylor. His size is impressive for the position, as you rarely see a 6-4, 230-pound safety roam the back half of the field. But his athleticism was also better than expected, flowing well to the action and breaking down on the move.

He showed good footwork in drills and drew some praise from the coaching staff for his closing quickness on plays in front of him. A Georgia Tech transfer, Taylor is starting to create a little bit of buzz among the scouts and NFL representatives in attendance this week. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/15/2013 - EAST WEST SHRINE TUESDAY EAST PRACTICE: Richmond safety Cooper Taylor continued to stand out on Tuesday with his aggressive style of play. The coaching staff routinely praised the former Spider for his decisiveness and burst, arriving to the play quickly and ready to blow up the ballcarrier. Somewhat expected with such a tall safety, he plays too upright at times and this will show during full contact drills, but Taylor has looked like one of the most physical players here. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

12/16/2012 - University of Richmond senior safety Cooper Taylor has been selected to participate in the East-West Shrine Game. The showcase for potential NFL players will be played on Jan. 19, 2013, at Tropicana Field, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Taylor recently was named first team FCS All-American by The Associated Press and The Sports Network. Taylor, 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds, who played two seasons at UR after transferring from Georgia Tech, also was named Academic All-American by Capital One.

Taylor, an Atlanta resident and a first team All-CAA Football selection, helped Richmond to an 8-3 record, 6-2 in the CAA, and a share of the league championship. Taylor made 78 tackles, including five tackles for losses, 1.5 sacks, and four interceptions. - John O'Connor, The Richmond Times-Dispatch

11/19/2012 - Among the Spiders' seniors being evaluated for participation in January showcases such as the East-West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl, Cooper Taylor is receiving the most looks. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound safety, a transfer from Georgia Tech, has four interceptions, and occasionally rushes the passer. The Atlanta resident also has been used as a wildcat back this season. "I was more than willing. It's been a lot of fun to do," said Taylor.

With a broken left hand, Taylor relinquished the wildcat role to receiver Ben Edwards and Kendall Gaskins on Saturday against Delaware. On defense, Taylor couldn't hold three passes he stepped in front of, apparently because of the cast on his hand. Taylor had eight tackles, including a sack, was credited with a quarterback hurry, forced a fumble, made the game-ending interception in the end zone, and broke up two passes in UR's 23-17 win. Gaskins (6-1, 235) and tight end Kevin Finney (6-6, 250) also are being evaluated for postseason showcases, auditions for players who may be selected in the NFL draft. - John O'Connor, The Richmond Times-Dispatch

11/06/2012 - NOV 5 CAA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Cooper Taylor, Senior, DB, Richmond...Taylor continues to solidify his candidacy as one of the nation's 20 players named to the Buck Buchanan Watch List. The senior standout turned in 13 tackles to lead a Richmond defense that shut out Rhode Island, 39-0, and allowed the Rams just 189 yards of total offense on Saturday. Taylor was not done there, however, forcing a fumble to go with two quarterback hurries and a pass breakup on the evening. - CAA football

09/17/2012 - SEPT 17 CAA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Cooper Taylor, DB, Richmond: Taylor helped the Spiders record their second-straight win by hauling in two interceptions, a 12-yarder and a 35-yarder which went for a touchdown, against VMI. The safety also tallied five tackles on the day as Richmond's defense limited the Keydets to just 197 total yards. - Colonial Athletic Association football

09/15/2012 - John Laub passed for 213 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score as Richmond rolled over Virginia Military Institute 47-6 Saturday, pulling away with 28 points in the third quarter. Cooper Taylor's first of two interceptions set the Spiders (2-1) up at the 41 of the Keydets (1-2), and Laub's 4-yard pass to Kevin Finney made it 23-6. After a VMI punt, Laub scored on a 14-yard run, and Jovan Smith broke free for a 50-yard run after another three-and-out by the Keydets. After VMI picked up a first down on its next possession, Taylor picked off Eric Kordenbrock's pass at the 35 and ran it in for a touchdown and a 44-6 lead. Laub completed 23 of 31 passes for the Spiders, who defeated the Keydets for the ninth consecutive time. Ben Edwards caught 11 of the passes for 122 yards. - AP Sports

 
LATEST NEWS
04/08/2013 - 2013 Richmond Pro Day: Scouts brave the cold at Richmond Pro Day...The weather was crisp - about 35 degrees - for Richmond's outdoor pro day on March 19. Scouts from 20 NFL teams braved the cold to watch seven players work out. Nobody there that had gone to combine, but there were three players of note: Cooper Taylor S (6-4??", 228 pounds) - Taylor ran 4.58 and 4.49, did 36??" in the vertical, 10-foot-7 in the broad jump, 4.29 in the short-shuttle, 6.96 in the three-cone and 23 reps on the bench press. The coaches worked Taylor out as a linebacker. His official position will be strong safety, but he's one of those guys who could possibly bulk up and play outside linebacker. Reminiscent of Kam Chancellor of the Seattle Seahawks. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

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