2018 NFL Draft

Bruce Taylor, ILB

School: Virginia Tech  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Riceboro, GA
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 237 lbs.
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04/30/2013 - Nine CFAs inked with more expected...53 BRUCE TAYLOR, 6-1, 237, LB, VIRGINIA TECH - After playing just eight games because of a Lisfranc (mid foot) injury in 2011, bounced back this past season with 76 tackles, 5.5 sacks, and10 tackles for loss in 12 games...Led Tech will 11 tackles in bowl win over Rutgers. - Geoff Hobson, Bengals.com

03/28/2013 - 2013 Virginia Tech Pro Day: Representatives from 26 NFL teams gathered at Virginia Tech's pro day on March 20, where 13 Hokies players went through a workout indoors on AstroTurf. AstroTurf, it should be noted, is a faster surface than natural grass or even FieldTurf. Bruce Taylor, ILB (6-1 3/8, 236) - Taylor ran the 40 in 4.93 and 4.95 seconds. He had a 32 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-6 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.35 seconds, and opted not to run the three-cone drill. Taylor also did positional drills. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

02/20/2013 - 2013 NFL Combine, Medical watch: Virginia Tech's Bruce Taylor enjoyed a fine career but he never took the next stop that seemed possible after a breakout 2010 campaign in which he posted 91 tackles, including 15.5 tackles for loss and six sacks. His junior campaign started off well but a Lisfranc injury robbed him of the final four games and while the physicality he'd played with throughout his career certainly remained in 2012, Taylor didn't cap his career as dominately as scouts had hoped. He seemed to play better as the year went on, however, leading to some speculation that he'll be even better in 2013 after a full removed from the serious foot injury that had ruined seasons for NFL stars Santonio Holmes, Darren McFadden and Matt Schaub, among others, in recent years. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

12/12/2012 - 2012 COACHES ALL-ACC FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION: LB-Bruce Taylor, Sr., Virginia Tech (5), has been selected Honorable Mention All-Atlantic Coast Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. This year, for the first time under the auspices of the ACC, the league's 12 head football coaches voted for an All-ACC football team. - Virginia Tech football

12/02/2012 - 2012 ALL-ACC HONORABLE MENTION (MEDIA): Bruce Taylor (Virginia Tech), lb (19)...has been named Honorable Mention All-Atlantic Coast Conference for the 2012 college football season by the ACC Media Association. - Virginia Tech football

11/08/2012 - SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: Virginia Tech's poor play on offense and special teams hasn't put extra pressure on the defense, Hokies defensive coordinator Bud Foster said. Foster said the defense is focusing on going out and getting the job done, no matter what the situation is. Virginia Tech's defense has had to defend a short field a lot in the last few games. "We don't even talk about that," Foster said. "To be honest with you, we need to go out and do our job and that should be enough. We've won a lot of football games here playing great defense. And that's all we're focusing on. All we can control is what we do." QUOTE TO NOTE: "It's something I told the guys today is one thing that never changes, the one thing you can always play for is your respect. No matter what the situation is, it's always an opportunity to go out there and get better, especially with the game being nationally televised, with a bunch of people watching, you definitely want to go out there with your best foot forward and have a hell of a game, no matter what the score is or the situation we're in right now. None of that should even matter." -- Hokies' senior LB Bruce Taylor. - The Sports Xchange

09/10/2012 - LB Bruce Taylor dressed but did not play for the Hokies against Austin Peay because of an ankle injury sustained in the season opener against Georgia Tech. Sophomore Chase Williams started in his place. - The Sports Xchange

09/03/2012 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: Virginia Tech lost two starting linebackers last year to the rare Lisfranc foot sprains, but both are back this fall after recovering from surgeries. Outside linebacker Jeron Gouveia-Winslow hurt his foot against Miami and starting inside linebacker Bruce Taylor hurt his foot two weeks later against Boston College. This is the same injury that ended Houston Texans' quarterback Matt Leinert's season a year ago. Taylor, a senior, was thrust into the starting lineup last year after 2009's starter, Barquell Rivers, tore a quad tendon while lifting in spring of 2010. In 2010, Taylor led the team with 91 tackles, including 15.5 for loss, and was leading the team again last year before suffering the injury. While productive on the field, Taylor also helps out with the Special Olympics of Southwest Virginia off the field. - Virginia Tech football

09/03/2012 - No. 16 Virginia Tech took early control of the Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division with a 20-17 overtime win over Georgia Tech on Monday night in front of a capacity crowd at Lane Stadium and a national television audience. Virginia Tech kicker Cody Journell kicked an 18-yard game-winning field goal in overtime after tying the game with a 41-yard field goal at the end of regulation. Georgia Tech failed to score on its only overtime possession. Virginia Tech linebacker Bruce Taylor forced a poor third-down throw by Yellow Jackets quarterback Tevin Washington that Hokies cornerback Kyle Fuller intercepted in the end zone. The Hokies then drove the ball to the 1-yard line before Jounell kicked the game-winner on fourth down. The Yellow Jackets had scored a go-ahead touchdown on Washington's 10-yard pass to running back Deon Hill with 44 seconds remaining in regulation, but Hokies quarterback Logan Thomas drove his team down the field and into field goal range with six seconds left. The winner of this matchup has gone on to represent the Coastal Division in the ACC championship game every year since divisional play began in 2005, and many believe the Hokies and Yellow Jackets are the top two contenders this season. - The Sports Xchange

08/06/2012 - PRO PROSPECTS ON THE MEND: ILB BRUCE TAYLOR, Virginia Tech, INJURY: Lisfranc fracture (right foot), October 22 - missed final 6 games of 2011...Over the first seven games of his junior season last year, Hokies' middle linebacker Taylor was among the ACC leaders in tackles (48), tackles for loss (4.5) and sacks (3.0) and was on pace to be the team's leading tackler for the second straight season. However, a right foot injury suffered last season clouds not only his senior year, but also his NFL future. Since the injury, Taylor has undergone several surgeries and an extensive rehabilitation process that kept him out of spring practice and could jeopardize the start to his senior season in 2012. Like most of Virginia Tech's past pro prospects, Taylor doesn't receive enough respect, flashing the instincts to quickly diagnose plays and upper body strength to rarely miss a tackle. The emotional leader of the Hokies' defense, Taylor has early round potential, but how and when he returns from the foot injury is crucial to his draft standing. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

07/27/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE PRESEASON TEAM (MEDIA): LB Bruce Taylor, Virginia Tech (42), has been selected Preseason All-Atlantic Coast Conference football for the 2012 college football season by the ACC media. An honorable mention All-ACC selection at linebacker despite missing the last four games of the regular season due to injury in 2011. He started the first eight games of the season at mike linebacker and had 53 tackles, seven tackles for loss, five sacks and 16 quarterback hurries. Taylor was the team's leading tackler before suffering a season-ending injury. TOP FOUR VOTING BY POSITION (OVERALL, NAME, TEAM, VOTES): Linebacker: 1. Kevin Reddick, UNC, 49...2. Bruce Taylor, VT, 42...3. Steve Greer, UVa, 32...4. Jeremiah Attaochu, GT, 23...5. Kevin Pierre-Louis, BC, 19 - Virginia Tech football

07/20/2012 - 2012 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Bruce Taylor, LB, Virginia Tech, has been selected to the Preseason Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented the nation's top college lineman or linebacker each year by The Rotary Club of Houston. - The Rotary Club of Houston

07/18/2012 - 2012 BUTKUS AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Bruce Taylor, Virginia Tech, has been selected to the Preseason Butkus Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented to the top linebacker in college football by the Butkus Foundation. - The Butkus Foundation

07/18/2012 - 2012 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Bruce Taylor, LB, Virginia Tech, has been selected to the Preseason Bronko Nagurski Trophy Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is presented to the National Defensive Player of the Year by the Charlotte Touchdown Club and the Football Writers Association of America. - The Charlotte Touchdown Club

07/10/2012 - 2012 BEDNARIK AWARD PRESEASON WATCHLIST: Bruce Taylor, Virginia Tech, LB, Sr., has been selected to the preseason Bednarik Award watchlist for the 2012 college football season. The Bednarik Award has been presented to the nation's top defensive player since 1995. A former standout at Penn and with the Philadelphia Eagles, Chuck Bednarik is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame's Class of 1969 and the NFL Hall of Fame's Class of 1967. - The Maxwell Football Club

06/22/2012 - Top-five Virginia Tech prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 3. MLB Bruce Taylor (6-2, 255)...Although a foot injury clouds his future, Taylor is one of the more underrated defensive prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft. The middle linebacker was on pace to lead the Hokies in tackles for the second straight season in 2011 before he suffered a Lisfranc fracture in his right foot, missing the final six games last season and team activities this past spring. Taylor expects to be ready for his senior season in August, but the injury is much more serious than originally thought and it might take longer until he's at full health. He was a three-star linebacker recruit out of Myrtle Beach, choosing Virginia Tech over Clemson, South Carolina and Florida State. After he redshirted because of a shoulder injury in 2008, Taylor started a combined 14 games as a freshman and sophomore, including a team-best 91 tackles in 2010. He was having his best season in 2011 with 53 tackles through eight games, but the foot injury sent him to the sidelines. Taylor is a balanced athlete with a strong upper body and very good instincts to diagnose the play and attack. He lacks elite lateral range and natural explosion, but is quick in pursuit and rarely misses tackles. When healthy, Taylor is the emotional leader of the Virginia Tech defense and has the skills to be an early round pick. But his right foot is something to keep an eye on. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com