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PFF scouting report: Vincent Taylor, DI, Oklahoma State

STILL WATER, OK - SEPTEMBER 10: Defensive tackle Vincent Taylor #96 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys stops Central Michigan Chippewas during the first half of a NCAA football game, September 10, 2016 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma. (Photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images)

Name: Vincent Taylor

School: Oklahoma State

Position: Nose tackle (0/1 technique)

Stats to know: 43 total pressures tied for 11th among all interior defensive linemen in 2016.

What he does best:

  • Tremendously powerful, uses heavy hands to shock lineman as he engages.
  • Consistently stands up blockers on initial contact.
  • Flashes ability to generate vertical movement against single blocks in the run game.
  • Displays good leverage and strength when bull rushing, consistently able to collapse the pocket.
  • Possesses sufficient power to disengage opposing lineman with just one arm.
  • Multi-dimensional pass-rusher, beat blocks using the swim, rip and arm over moves intermittently.
  • Forces offensive lineman to overextend with a developed push/pull move.
  • Sufficiently athletic for the position, unbalanced offensive lineman with quickness occasionally.
  • Refined upper body technique, displays good hand placement and ability to “get skinny” to penetrate.

Biggest concern:

  • Fails to consistently shed in the ground game, despite generating an early advantage in reps.
  • Lacks patience to find the ball, occasionally loses gap discipline.
  • Overly aggressive at times, widens lanes with attempts to penetrate.
  • Rarely generates pressure if initially blocked, lacks a variety of counter moves.
  • Not the stoutest against double teams, can be surprised by blindside chips.
  • Not the smoothest when required to change direction.

Player comparison: Michael Brockers, Los Angeles Rams

Like Brockers, Taylor has a long frame and both players can have their problems with double teams if they don’t win right off the snap. Brockers has had a solid career for the Rams, and Taylor should have plenty to stick around as a productive nose tackle at the next level.

Bottom line: If not for the depth in this class of defensive lineman, Taylor would undoubtedly have received more attention. He put together a remarkably impressive junior year, flashing an outstanding physical skillset. Taylor is already a well-developed pass-rusher, despite his tender years. In order to succeed at nose tackle in the NFL, however, he’ll need to improve against the run. Although Taylor flashed a spectacular skillset, consistency remains elusive.

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