Darrell Taylor

EDGE, Tennessee

  • Conf SEC - East
  • Jersey #19
  • Class RS Senior
  • HT 6'4"
  • DOB 03/24/1997
  • WT 259 lbs




    PROS: Excellent athlete with freaky-deaky bend, good short-area quickness, and an explosive first step when he's tasked with teeing off the line of scrimmage. Can win on a two-way go with his ability to quickly dart to a half-man relationship and finish tough corners with great bend. Flashes the ability to lace a power dynamic into his rushes and has some good pop to his hands when he lands them correctly. Natural athleticism shows up in space drops as well -- is a candidate for some cover responsibilities at the next level. Plays with good discipline as a run defender when the EMLOS and has sufficient length/strength to one-arm some opponents and keep outside shoulder clean. Has good explosiveness off the ball when given free rein to pass-rush on the outside track and can win rushes off of his first step at times.

    CONS: Underdeveloped as a pass-rusher and run defender alike. Does not seem to have quality instincts or recognition for line of scrimmage play. Frequently ends his rushes by burying himself into his opponent given only modest length and subpar hand usage up the arc. Does not throw any rush moves with consistent success and does not demonstrate regular timing/placement on his strikes. Rushes upright and gets swallowed up by length/strength accordingly. Generally an uninspiring run defender who fails to quickly recognize when he's getting kicked out or read as an option player. Will lose to tight ends in the running game given upright approach, failure to recruit power and initiate contact, and poor recognition. Needs multiple years in a stable position on the field to begin to develop athletic traits into starting-caliber play.

    Updated: 01/07/20