2017 NFL Draft

Stepfan Taylor, RB

School: Stanford  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Mansfield, TX
Height/Weight: 5-9 / 214 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
04/24/2013 - 2013 NFL DRAFT RANG'S GANG: RB: Stepfan Taylor, Stanford, 5-9, 214, 4.70...A year ago, it was quarterback Russell Wilson, who possessed everything scouts were looking for except height. This year, Taylor has shown all of the traits necessary to be a bell-cow back in the NFL except straight-line speed. While the stopwatch says Stanford's all-time leading rusher can't play at the next level, one can't measure the "little things" Taylor does so well - such as his vision, balance, forward lean, soft hands as a receiver and toughness, including in pass protection. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

03/28/2013 - 2013 Stanford Pro Day: Stepfan Taylor, RB (5-9 1/8, 213) - Taylor ran the 40 in 4.63 and 4.69 seconds. He had a 31-inch vertical jump and did 19 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. His 40 time was better than what he ran at the combine (officially 4.76 seconds), since he ran on a sprained ankle while in Indianapolis. Taylor is an explosive runner and also catches the ball extremely well. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

02/20/2013 - 2013 NFL Combine, Most to gain: Stanford's Stepfan Taylor finds himself in a similar position. Like Eddie Lacy, Taylor may prove faster on the field than he is during workouts. Regardless of what they run, each has proven his talent against elite competition. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/24/2013 - 2013 Senior Bowl, Runningbacks...4. Stepfan Taylor, Stanford. Taylor showed what his work in school showed: He can do just about anything except run with great speed. He looks bigger than the 216 pounds he weighed in at, and proved to be as versatile as the rest of the running backs in the class. - Dave Richard, CBSSports.com

01/01/2013 - Scouting the Stanford running game: Stanford's identity is its power running game, although its ground game has not been as effective this season as it was the past two years. Stepfan Taylor is the school's alltime leading rusher, and he has 1,442 yards this season, but some teams have been able to bottle him up. QB Kevin Hogan provides an important complement, because he can run the option effectively. He has rushed for 209 yards, which is second on the team, even though he received significant playing time in only five games. Running against Wisconsin will not be easy, because the Badgers have one of the nation's best run defenses. - The Sports Xchange

01/01/2013 - The Stanford Cardinal built an early lead and picked up a timely interception to hold off the Wisconsin Badgers 20-14 Tuesday, winning the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1971. After a Jordan Williamson 22-yard field goal gave the Cardinal a 20-14 lead with less than five minutes to play, Wisconsin drove to midfield before Stanford nickel back Usua Amanam jumped a Curt Phillips pass for the interception with 2:20 remaining.

The Cardinal then put the ball in the hands of running back Stepfan Taylor, who proceeded to do what he has all season for Stanford. He iced the game with a crucial five-yard run on third-and-1 and less than a minute left. Taylor finished with 88 yards and one touchdown on 20 carries, and quarterback Kevin Hogan added 54 yards on seven rushes. Hogan completed 12 of 19 passes for 123 yards in a game plan that turned significantly conservative after Stanford used some trickery early to build a quick lead. - The Sports Xchange

01/01/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: TB Stepfan Taylor is averaging 110.9 rushing yards a game, and is Stanford's alltime career rushing leader. He is second on the team in receptions with 38 and is an excellent pass-blocker. Stanford relies heavily on Taylor in the fourth quarter if it gets ahead. - The Sports Xchange

11/30/2012 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: TB Stepfan Taylor is averaging 113.7 rushing yards a game, and he had 114, 161 and 142 yards rushing in the critical victories over ranked opponents Oregon State, Oregon and UCLA in the three previous games. He is second on the team in receptions with 32, and is an excellent pass-blocker. Taylor was named second-team all-Pac-12 for the second straight season. Even though he would become Stanford's career rushing leader if he gains 36 yards in the Pac-12 title game, he will leave without ever being a first-team all-conference pick. - The Sports Xchange

11/29/2012 - 2012 ALL-PAC-12 SECOND-TEAM: RB Stepfan Taylor, Sr., Stanford...has been selected Second Team All-Pac-12 for the 2012 college football season. Last week's performance was the 21st 100-yard game in Taylor's career, a new Stanford record. The Cardinal is 18-3 when he reaches the century mark rushing. Taylor passed 4,000 career yards on a 19-yard scamper in the game's opening drive, now standing at 4,134 yads and 35 shy of the school career rushing record. In his last two games, Taylor has outrushed two Doak Walker Award finalists by a tally of 303 yards to 131. - Stanford football

11/29/2012 - PAC-12: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 13: 1. RB Stepfan Taylor, 5-11, 215, Stanford: Why he has the top spot: Taylor wasn't running against air on Saturday, but at times it looked that easy for the senior running back in the Cardinal's 35-17 win over UCLA. Taylor ran for 142 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries, including a 49-yard touchdown run. Thanks to the win, Stanford is now headed to Friday's Pac-12 Championship Game, where they'll play a very familiar foe. And by familiar, we mean they're playing UCLA for the second time in six days.

Season stats (12 games): 278 carries, 1,364 yards, 11 touchdowns; 32 receptions, 215 yards, two touchdowns. Player ranking: Taylor is ranked 91st overall and is the 6th-highest rated RB in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings.

Up next: If Taylor has a lot of confidence going into Stanford's next game, it's because he gets to face UCLA again -- this time in the Pac-12 title game. Taylor's 7.1 yards per carry against the Bruins on Saturday was his highest average of the season. If he gets near that number again, Stanford could be headed to its first Rose Bowl since 2000. - John Breech, CBSSports.com

11/25/2012 - RB Stepfan Taylor had 142 rushing yards against UCLA, giving him a career total of 4,134, which is 35 yards shy of the school record set by Darrin Nelson from 1977-1981.

11/24/2012 - Stepfan Taylor rushed for 142 yards and two touchdowns, Kevin Hogan passed for 160 yards and another score, and No. 11 Stanford beat No. 15 UCLA 35-17 Saturday to win the Pacific-12 Conference North title and a rematch with the Bruins in the conference championship game. The Cardinal (10-2, 8-1 Pac-12) found out about 10 minutes before the opening kickoff that No. 5 Oregon (11-1, 8-1) had beaten No. 16 Oregon State 48-24, meaning they had to win to qualify for another shot at UCLA - a game Stanford will host next Friday.

The Cardinal, who have three straight 10-win seasons for the first time, handed Oregon a 17-14 overtime setback last weekend to put themselves in position to win the Pac-12 North title with a victory over the Pac-12 South champion Bruins (9-3, 6-3), who earned their berth in the title game by beating Southern California 38-28 last weekend. The win was the sixth straight for Stanford and their fourth in a row over UCLA, which had a five-game winning streak snapped - its longest in seven years.

Taylor, a 5-foot-11, 215-pound senior who carried 20 times, didn't play in the fourth quarter. He raised his career rushing total to 4,134 yards and will need 36 yards in the rematch with UCLA to break the Stanford career rushing record of 4,169 yards set by Darrin Nelson in 1977-81. - AP Sports

11/18/2012 - RB Stepfan Taylor had not fumbled at all in the first nine games, but he fumbled the ball away for the second straight week against Oregon on Nov. 17.

11/18/2012 - TB Stepfan Taylor had 161 rushing yards on 33 carries, giving him 1,222 yards for the season and leaving him eight yards shy of 4,000 yards rushing for his career.

10/25/2012 - PAC-12 NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 8: 3. RB Stepfan Taylor, 5-11, 215, Stanford: Why he has the third spot: Taylor had slightly more success than Cal did running the ball on Saturday. While the Bears only totaled three yards rushing, Stanford's senior running back ran for a career-high 189 yards on 28 carries. To put Cal's three-yard rushing total in perspective, Taylor had three or more yards on 22 of his 28 carries. The senior also scored the Cardinal's first road offensive touchdown with a 7-yard run in the first quarter. Stanford had gone eight quarters without a road offensive TD this season. Season stats (seven games): 175 carries, 846 yards, 6 touchdowns; 21 receptions, 115 yards, 1 touchdown. Player ranking: Taylor is ranked 84th overall and is the 5th-highest RB in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: After running all over Cal, there's a good chance Taylor will be able to do the same thing against Washington State on Saturday. The Cougars have a porous run defense, surrendering 175.1 rush yards per game, a number that ranks them 11th in the Pac-12. - John Breech, CBSSports.com

10/22/2012 - Stanford coach David Shaw always wants his team to play physical on both sides of the ball, controlling the line of scrimmage with the kind of heart and hustle that has defined the program's resurgence. With Andrew Luck no longer around, often times that just hasn't happened this season. Leave it to the Big Game for a breakout performance. Stepfan Taylor ran for a career-high 189 yards and a touchdown, and No. 22 Stanford overwhelmed California 21-3 on Saturday for a third straight victory against its rival. In the 115th meeting between the Bay Area schools and the first at remodeled Memorial Stadium, the sunny and serene Strawberry Canyon setting might have been the Golden Bears' best highlight. The Cardinal (5-2, 3-1 Pac-12) outgained the Bears 475 to 217 yards, outrushed them 252 to 3 yards and never lost its grip on the coveted Stanford Axe, which players paraded around the turf while Bears fans exited in silence. "This is a blueprint game," said Shaw, now in his second year. "This is what we want to do." Josh Nunes completed 16 of 31 passes for 214 yards and a touchdown for Stanford. He also fumbled and threw an interception late in the fourth quarter to stop what could have been -- and perhaps should have been -- an even more lopsided score. - AP Sports

10/07/2012 - RB Stepfan Taylor had 142 rushing yards, which was his 16th career 100-yard game, tying him with Darrin Nelson for second place on the school's all-time list.

10/06/2012 - Chase Thomas intercepted a tipped pass by Matt Scott in overtime, Stepfan Taylor ran for a 21-yard score two plays later and No. 18 Stanford rallied from a two-touchdown deficit to stun Arizona 54-48 on Saturday. Josh Nunes threw for a career-high 360 yards and two touchdowns and ran for three more scores for Stanford (4-1, 2-1 Pac-12) to offset Scott's record-setting performance. Scott completed 45 of 69 passes -- both school records -- for 491 yards and three touchdowns until Henry Anderson tipped his final pass in overtime that Thomas intercepted. Arizona (3-3, 0-3) amassed 617 total yards but lost for the third straight game and is still winless in conference play. For most of the afternoon, the Wildcats scored at will and looked more like the team that beat Oklahoma State to start 3-0 than the one that lost to Oregon and Oregon State the previous two weeks. Facing its third straight ranked opponent, Arizona's aerial attack shredded Stanford's defense in a way few teams have the past few seasons. The Wildcats became the first team to eclipse 400 yards passing against the Cardinal since Oklahoma in the 2009 Sun Bowl. The Sooners threw for 418 yards in a 31-27 win over the Cardinal. - AP Sports

09/30/2012 - TB Stepfan Taylor had 75 yards rushing on 21 carries against Washington, and he's still averaging better than 100 yards per game (104.5). But his per-carry average is 4.8 yards after being 5.5 last season. His receiving numbers against Washington were particularly interesting: four catches, zero receiving yards.

09/27/2012 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Stanford at Washington, Sept. 27 -- Stanford is 3-0, including 1-0 in the conference. Washington is 2-1, with wins over Portland State and San Diego State and a loss to LSU. This is the Huskies' Pac-12 opener. Stanford has won the last four games against Washington and six of the past seven. Washington had won 20 of the 22 games before that against Stanford. KEYS TO THE GAME: Stanford wants to control the game with its power running game, and if it can do so, the Huskies' defense figures to get worn down over the course of the game. It will also keep Washington QB Keith Price off the field. The Huskies don't figure to be able to run the ball effectively against the Cardinal, and if Stanford can apply a pass rush on Price, it will prevent him from making big plays in the passing game and may force him into some turnovers. Stanford QB Josh Nunes does not need to do anything spectacular, but he does need to avoid turnovers and convert third-down situations. K Jordan Williams needs to regain his confidence and hit his field goal attempts. He missed all three of his attempts against USC. PLAYERS TO WATCH: TB Stepfan Taylor has averaged 102.3 yards per game and 5.0 yards per carry over the first three games, and the Cardinal will give him the ball often in the fourth quarter if it has the lead. He had 27 carries against USC, including 11 in the fourth quarter. - The Sports Xchange


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