2017 NFL Draft

Brandon Taylor, SS

School: LSU  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Franklinton, LA
Height/Weight: 5-11 / 209 lbs.
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04/30/2012 - Staying true to his wheeler-dealer reputation on draft days, general manager A.J. Smith traded up in the third round to secure strong safety Brandon Taylor. To move up five spots, Smith relinquished his third-round pick and a sixth-rounder to get Taylor. "We felt this was the next-best option for us," Smith said. "We added a strong player we believe in, at a spot that needs competition. We felt we could get him there and not much later, and we decided to be aggressive and go get him. We didn't want to fool around." - The Sports Xchange

04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Chargers' picks: Round 3/73 - Brandon Taylor, DB, 6-0, 195 LSU...The team didn't address this spot in free agency or in the first two rounds. So they traded up five spots to get Taylor, a key part of the Tigers' stingy defense. COULD SURPRISE: Strong safety Brandon Taylor: In Taylor, the Chargers get a hard-hitting, no-nonsense player from the SEC. Taylor played corner his first two seasons, so he needs how to cover. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - SS Brandon Taylor, LSU -- A 4.58 40-yard dash at his pro day solidified Taylor as a top 75 pick but he hasn't always played with the same urgency and is considered straight-linish in coverage. He could be a nice running mate for free safety Eric Weddle in the Chargers' secondary.

03/24/2012 - LSU Pro Day: Safety Brandon Taylor said he was confident in his stock after the combine, where he ran a faster-than-expected 4.58, and also said he was happy with the 16 bench press reps he put up on Thursday. "I just wanted to show I had clean feet and not drop balls," Taylor said. "When you're dropping balls, you're losing money." Taylor said he has workouts lined up with Kansas City, Miami and the New York Jets. - Alex Cassara, LSU The Reveille

02/23/2012 - To maximize his Combine performance, Taylor is working out at XPE, Inc., in Del Ray Beach, Fla. He has being overseen by fitness coach Tony Villani, along with other draft prospects, including former LSU teammate and tight end Deangelo Peterson. One thing Taylor won't be doing at the Combine is the bench press. Taylor said he sprained the AC joint in his right shoulder at the Senior Bowl and will get his bench reps in for the scouts at LSU's Pro Day on March 19. "I'm not worried what they might think," he said. "The scouts saw me at the Senior Bowl. I showed I could cover and that I'm willing to tackle. I feel pretty comfortable about everything." Taylor is one of eight LSU players invited to the Combine. - Jim Kleinpeter, The Times Picayune

01/09/2012 - The rematch doesn't seem to have the offensive potential that the other possible title matchup would have had. The Crimson Tide beat out No. 3 Oklahoma State, which has one of the nation's most explosive offenses, for the opportunity to play the Tigers. "It's going to be a hard-fought game," Taylor said. "Both defenses are going to be very prepared so it's going to be hard for the offense to score points. I think we improved tremendously after that game and I think they did too so it's going to be an even better game than it was before. "You're going to see two teams playing at the end of the season and playing even harder because it's all on the line now. If they win, that game that they lost doesn't even count anymore because they won the big game. If we win we just settle the debate about who's the best team in the country." It's the third consecutive time that the BCS Championship has been played in New Orleans and the Tigers have played for the title. They beat Oklahoma for the 2003 title and beat Ohio State for the 2007 title. "It was very tough to get up there and play them up there because it's a very loud stadium and the fans are very passionate about their team," Taylor said, "but coming back to New Orleans we're closer to home knowing that we have great history in the Superdome of winning bowl games." - The Sports Xchange

09/15/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: S Brandon Taylor - The Tigers will lean on their safeties to come up and help against the run and defend the back end in the passing game. Taylor, one of LSU's most experienced defenders, could be the one to lead the charge. - The Sports Xchange

08/04/2011 - Les Miles says senior safety Brandon Taylor is fully recovered from his broken right foot and ready to fill a leadership void created by the graduations of key seniors from LSU's 2010 defense. Tiger players voted during the offseason to give Taylor the No. 18 jersey this season, widely seen as a sign of respect for a player's character and work ethic. Miles says the vote is appropriate, given how hard Taylor worked to come back since breaking his foot last November. Miles, who spoke as players reported on Wednesday for fall practice, says everyone who was expected to show up did. Miles also says a few freshmen, namely running back Terrence Magee and receivers Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry, could play this season. - AP Sports

05/03/2011 - 2011 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY WATCH LIST: Brandon Taylor, LSU, S, has been named to the 42-player Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list for the 2011 college football season as selected by the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation. - Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation


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