The New York Giants used their fifth-round pick on Richmond S Cooper Taylor. Taylor initially played at Georgia Tech before a heart condition halted his career temporarily. Taylor transferred to Richmond after losing his spot in the Yellow Jackets’ starting lineup once the condition was corrected. However, Taylor has a chance to impact the defense sooner than most think.
Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell began to utilize his three-safety look heavily in the Super Bowl-winning 2011 season, when he allowed S Deon Grant to play along with S Antrel Rolle and S Kenny Phillips. It worked in some instances, mainly because the Giants weren’t necessarily deep on talent at the linebacker position.
The emergence of S Stevie Brown last season ensures that he’ll be starting opposite Rolle in the 2013 season. However, if Fewell decides to implement the three-safety look, he could look to Taylor to be the third safety. The Giants also have S Tyler Sash, S Will Hill and S Ryan Mundy so Taylor isn’t going to be given the position. He’ll have to earn it.
Taylor is 6’4 and 230 pounds so it is plausible to think the Giants may ask him to beef up a little to play linebacker. He may not want to do that, but he’ll probably need to if he wants to see playing time. He’ll obviously be contributing on special teams right away. Usually, hard work and solid play on special teams helps your cause.
Taylor has compared himself to former Giants’ CB Jason Sehorn. Sehorn was 6’2” and big for a corner. He was the only white man at the position during his tenure in the league. Sash is white as well as Taylor, but Taylor has the build of a tight end or quarterback when you take a look at him. Sehorn ended up being solid for the Giants. Let’s see if Taylor can do the same.