Name: Taylor Moton
School: Western Michigan
Position fit: Could play tackle at the next level, but his best fit is likely at guard.
Stats to know: Moton had the ninth-highest grade among offensive tackles in 2016 at 83.6 overall. Surrendered only two QB hits and eight hurries on 467 attempts last season. Gave up only two sacks, seven QB hits, and 25 hurries on 1,376 attempts over the last three years
What he does best:
- Strong upper body does a good job anchoring down and stabbing rushers in pass protection.
- Flashed quickness at the Senior Bowl performing scoop blocks on the backside of outside zone plays.
- Great at controlling blocks, steering defenders the way he wants.
- Wins way more than he loses.
- Good power into blocks and double teams (Fits all run schemes).
- Strong combine showed off his movement skills (4.58 20-yard shuttle).
- A little waist bend from time to time (forward lean) when pass blocking. Still managed to allow only eight pressures in all of 2016.
- Kansas State’s Jordan Willis and Wisconsin’s T.J. Watt both beat him on speed rushes to the outside.
- Can faster players get into his chest and pull him down to take the edge?
- Struggled from time to time with wider rushers.
- Questions against level of competition on a weekly basis, but performed well when given the opportunity to play against better players.
Bottom line: Moton is one of the better offensive linemen in this year’s draft. He has the strength and athletic ability to move from right tackle to guard and have success in any scheme. There are some concerns as can improve his pass protection against skilled rushers, but a move to guard can protect him in that regard. Moton brings versatility and a potentially solid starter to an offensive line.