2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: S Devin Taylor

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Devin Taylor began his career at Illinois State where he played cornerback. His banner year came in 2019 when he started 15 games for the Redbirds and collected five interceptions with 24 pass breakups. He took his game to Virginia Tech for 2020, transitioned to safety, and didn’t produce a great year. He initially struggled at cornerback before switching to safety and looked like a player in transition for the rest of the season. Playing a new position at a higher level of competition for a Hokies defense that was playing its first season without Bud Foster was not the best stage for Taylor to showcase his ability. While Taylor’s ball skills stand out as a strength of his game, he also has good size and athleticism. His experience at both corner and safety should be an asset for him moving forward. With that said, his processing skills, tackling, and passiveness are troubling components of his game. Taylor will need to prove himself on special teams and develop his game at safety to stick at the next level. 

Ideal Role: Free safety.

Scheme Fit: Split zone.

Written by: Joe Marino 

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Written By:

Joe Marino

Founder and Senior NFL Draft Analyst

Joe Marino is a Founder and Senior NFL Draft Analyst at TDN. Marino comes to TDN after serving as a draft analyst for NDT Scouting, FanRag Sports and Draft Breakdown dating back to 2014. In 2017, Marino became a Huddle Report Mock Draft Champion when he produced the most accurate mock draft in the world.

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