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Washington Redskins 2017 Draft Profiles: Taylor Moton, OT

Hogs Haven takes a look at 2017 NFL prospects that could contribute to the Redskins

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Taylor Moton, OT
School: Western Michigan | Conference: Mid-American
College Experience: RS Senior | Age: 22
Height / Weight: 6-5 / 328 lbs
Projected Draft Status: 3rd Round
NFL Comparison: Ramon Foster

College Statistics

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Player Overview

Taylor Moton has been a starter at Western Michigan since his redshirt freshman year. The big offensive lineman has spent most of his snaps playing right tackle for the Broncos but spent a season playing RG as well. One of the reasons Moton projects to go as high as the first round (according to who you ask) is his versatility. Moton got a chance to go down to Mobile earlier on the month for the Senior Bowl. He was very good at right tackle but word is he was dominant at the guard position there. There is no doubt there will be some teams that see his value more at OT than OG and vice versa but for Moton, it’s a good thing especially in an overall weak OL class.

Moton looks the part of an NFL tackle. He is well built all around and his length and strength show up on tape. The raw physical skills are there but Moton needs a lot of work with his technique and fundamentals. With the praise he received at the Senior Bowl he may have already started working on those issues. If he continues to build upon his Senior Bowl performance at the Combine next month he could be a big riser.

Strengths

  • Well built all around. Looks the part.
  • Arm measurements and length will allow him to stick at right tackle if a team wants him to.
  • Versatile in that he can play both the right tackle position and the guard positions well.
  • Strong hands, and is stout as a run blocker and in pass protection. His strength rarely fails.

Weaknesses

  • Kick slide when playing tackle looks laborious and not fluid. Feet look plodding and heavy.
  • Needs to improve technique to latch onto the man he’s blocking better. Sometimes defenders just roll off him when he reaches and bends. Seems like a leverage issue when he plays with high pad level.
  • Rigid in his overall movements and not the most athletic offensive lineman.

Let’s see his work:

How He Would Fit On The Redskins

Taylor Moton has a lot to fix but he has a lot of skills to like. In a weak overall OL class, he might be over drafted but he has plenty of upside if he can work on his technique issues. I think Moton can play RT in the NFL for sure but on the Redskins I would be more in favor of kicking him inside to guard. Moton’s size, power, strength and current playing style scream phonebooth mauler to me. I think this kid could cause some real damage (in a good way) playing inside rather than exposing his lack of athleticism on the outside.

He has been given a lot of praise for his work against Ohio State (while he played guard) in 2015. I’m sorry I can’t find the video for that game at this time but he moved Ohio State defensive lineman and held his own in pass protection. The power Moton has would sure help the Redskins in the run game and in short yardage situations at the LG spot where it is sorely needed. Unfortunately, this young man might move up draft boards after the combine making him a rich pick in the 2nd or 3rd round where other more polished and pure OG’s are likely to be taken.

Moton could also continue to be an offensive tackle on the Redskins but it would be in a backup role which may be good for his development. If that’s the case he would be a good addition in sets where the team needs to bring in an additional lineman to cross the goal line or to get a first down. The Redskins current starter, Morgan Moses, is in the last year of his rookie deal and if for some reason the Redskins don’t think they can or don’t want to resign Moses, Moton could take over that role as well in a year.