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2015 NFL DRAFT

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
2012 Season
First-Team AP All-American ... First-Team Walter Camp All-America ... First-Team The Sports Network All-American ... Second-Team All-American by Phil Steele ... Second-Team All-American by Beyond College Sports ... First-Team All-CAA ... Named The Touchdown Club of Richmond Division I National Defensive Back of the Year ... College Sports Madness First-Team All-CAA ... First-Team Capital One Academic All-American

Named CoSIDA Academic All-District ... Team captain ... Started all 10 games in which he appeared ... Totaled 78 tackles, 5.0 TFL, four interceptions, 1.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, four quarterback hurries and nine pass breakups ... Named CAA Defensive Player of the Week for the second time on the season after totaling a team-high 13 tackles in shutout win over Rhode Island ... Also had 0.5 sacks, two QB hurries and a forced fumble against the Rams ... Game-high 12 tackles, seven solo, against No. 4 Old Dominion ... Totaled six tackles, including five solo, an interception and three pass breakups in win at Georgia State.

CAA Defensive Player of the Week on September 17 ... Had eight tackles, a sack, an interception, a forced fumble, two pass breakups and a quarterback hurry in victory over Delaware ... Eight tackles, including 1.5 for loss, and a quarterback hurry in win over No. 2 James Madison ... Seven tackles, one tackle for loss and two pass breakups in Capital Cup win at William & Mary ... Totaled five tackles, three solo, and had two interceptions in win at VMI ... Totaled a team-high eight tackles, five solo, and a forced fumble in win at Villanova ... Ran back second INT 35 yards for first career touchdown ... Six tackles at No. 12/13 New Hampshire ... Had four tackles, including one for loss, and a pass breakup in victory over Gardner-Webb ... 2013 Senior Bowl Watch List ...

2011 Season
CAA Football Academic All-Conference Team ... Started all eight games in which he appeared, recording 63 tackles, including 20 solo and 1.5 for loss, a forced fumble, an interception, a QB hurry, and three pass breakups ... Registered 14 tackles, including five solo and 1.0 for a loss of two yards, a forced fumble, a QB hurry, and a pass breakup in a victory at Duke ... Intercepted a pass for 44 yards to go with seven tackles and a pass breakup against Maine ... Had 14 tackles at James Madison ... Totaled six or more tackles six times ...
2010 Season
(at Georgia Tech): Played in four games and made five tackles ... Saw limited action after suffering an injury ...
2009 Season
(at Georgia Tech): Started the first three games of the season before being diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome, which caused him to sit out the rest of the season ... Was diagnosed after an extremely high heartbeat in the Sept. 17 Miami game ... Had 16 tackles and one interception in the first three games of the season ... Produced his second career interception and recorded eight tackles in the win over Clemson (Sept. 10) ... Recorded six tackles in the season opener vs. Jacksonville State (Sept. 5) ...
2008 Season
(at Georgia Tech): A true freshman safety who emerged as a star of the future ... An athletic rookie who made an immediate impact ... Named second team All-ACC by Rivals ... Named honorable mention Freshmen All-America by College Football News ... Ranked second on the team and second among all ACC freshmen in tackles (69), including 45 solo tackles, despite starting just three games.

His three career starts came against Florida State, Miami and Georgia ... Had two forced fumbles, one interception and two pass breakups ... One of three true freshmen to play on the defensive side of the ball ... Recorded four solo tackles in the Chick-fil-A Bowl vs. LSU?(Dec. 31) ... Was Tech's leading-tackler (9) in the win at 13th-ranked Georgia (Nov. 29) ... Recorded three solo tackles and a pass break-up vs. No. 23 Miami (Nov. 20) ... Earned National Freshman of the Week honors by Rivals.com after his performance vs. Florida State (Nov. 1) ... With FSU driving for the go-ahead touchdown and less than one minute remaining, Taylor forced a Seminole fumble near the goal line, securing Tech's 31-28 win.

Had his first career interception and returned it 28 yards against the Seminoles ... Paced the team with 10 tackles, including eight solo tackles against FSU... tied for a team-high with 11 tackles, including eight solo tackles, plus one pass break-up vs. Virginia (Oct. 25) ... Played the majority of the game at Virginia Tech (Sept. 13) and recorded nine tackles ... Played close to 50 snaps at Boston College (Sept. 6) ... Had six tackles, including three solo tackles, against the Eagles... had an impressive career debut vs. Jacksonville State (Aug. 28) ... Recorded three tackles, including two solo tackles, and forced a fumble against the Gamecocks ...

High School
Two-time all-state and all-county selection ... Earned three varsity letters in football ... Played a variety of positions on the prep level including wide receiver, free safety, running back and quarterback ... Led team to the state championship game and a regional championship in 2006 ... Broke the school single-season interception record in '06 ... Chose Georgia Tech over Mississippi State, Virginia, Duke and others ...
Injury Report
2012: Played through a broken left hand that required playing with a cast.

2009: Diagnosed with an extremely high heart rate during the Sept. 17 game at Miami and eventually missed the remainder of the season after being diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome.

Personal
Son of former Georgia Tech quarterback Jim Bob Taylor, who went on to play for the Baltimore Colts in 1983.
 
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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