New York Giants 2012 NFL Draft Profile: LSU S Brandon Taylor
Perry Fewell has been using a three safety set for the previous two season with the Giants, utilizing the fact that he’s had three starting caliber safeties on the roster. Deon Grant has not been re-signed, and very well could be still, but for now the Giants have to assume he won’t be back next year.
With a couple of options behind Kenny Phillips and Antrel Rolle, such as Tyler Sash and Chad Jones, the Giants may choose to ignore the safety position. If they do not, expect them to get one in the middle rounds unless there is a surprise.
Taylor is one of my favorite safety prospects because he excelled for three years as a starter in the SEC. He has a ton of experience with 33 starts and it shows in his film.
He excels as a run defender and is very physical both as a big hitter and when taking on blockers. He rarely bounces off when going for the big hit. He also has good closing speed in pursuit and always takes good angles. Sometimes his aggressiveness gets the best of him and he’ll fly by the runner. When he gets his hand on the ball carrier he shows good technique wrapping up. Very competitive and will layout for tackles and when going up for jump balls.
Taylor is a good center fielder and has good recovery speed. He ran a 4.58 at the Combine which was much faster than most expected. Taylor recognizes plays well and has good instincts. He sees the field well after making an interception and finds the ball with ease when tracking down the field.
Overall Taylor should be targeted in the third or fourth round and can be an immediate impact player on special teams given his competitive nature and hard work ethic. With time could become a starting caliber player.
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