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Alex Taylor is a raw tackle prospect with upside

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Hogs Haven takes a look at 2020 NFL Draft prospects that could contribute to the Redskins

Reese’s Senior Bowl Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images

Alex Taylor, T
School: South Carolina State | Conference: MEAC
College Experience: RS-Senior | Age: 23(?)
Height / Weight: 6’8” / 308 lbs
Projected Draft Status: Round 5 to 7
NFL Comparison: Cam Robinson

Player Overview

Taylor, the nephew of former Redskins Pierson Prioleau, was primarily a basketball player in high school, and while initially recruited to Appalachian State to play football, transferred to South Carolina State to play basketball again after two years. Unfortunately for the basketball team, and fortunately for the football team, Taylor couldn’t make the starting hoops’ roster. In 2018, he started 11 games at right tackle and was named third team All-MEAC.

In 2019, Taylor started 11 games and played well enough to be named first team All-MEAC, third team AP All American, and receive an invite the the Senior Bowl, where his rawness shone through.

Strengths

  • Enormous and athletic.
  • Has a good anchor and upper body strength.
  • Great length and re-direct ability.
  • Stronger in the passing game.
  • Good quickness out of his stance.

Weaknesses

  • Very raw, but has the potential to develop into a swing tackle.
  • Doesn’t bend well.
  • Needs to improve his instincts.
  • Will have to add additional mass and strength.

Let’s See His Work

How He Would Fit

Taylor is a massive individual with a huge amount of potential upside for a team willing to be patient with him. He will need to put on additional strength as well as improve his technique in order to be an NFL starter, as he can pushed around at times.

The Redskins absolutely have to acquire some tackle depth in this draft, so although Taylor is no short term answer, as a late round pick he could develop into a Ty Nsekhe type swing tackle who could serve as a talented back-up for years to come.