|No. 58 – Seattle Seahawks|
|Born:||March 24, 1997|
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight:||267 lb (121 kg)|
|High school:||Hopewell High School|
|NFL Draft:||2020 / Round: 2 / Pick: 48|
|Roster status:||Unsigned draft pick|
|Career NFL statistics|
Early life and high schoolEdit
Taylor grew up in Hopewell, Virginia and attended Hopewell High School, where he played basketball and football. Rated a four-star recruit, Taylor committed to play college football at the University of Tennessee over offers from Florida and Virginia Tech.
Taylor redshirted his true freshman season. As a redshirt freshman, he made nine tackles (one for loss) in eight games played. Taylor missed two games of his redshirt sophomore year due to a suspension for an altercation with a teammate. He finished the season with 27 tackles, four tackles for loss, three sacks and two forced fumbles. As a redshirt junior, Taylor led the team with eight sacks and 11 tackles for loss with 36 total tackles.
Taylor entered his redshirt senior year on the Chuck Bednarik Award watchlist. Taylor finished the season tied for second in the SEC with 8.5 sacks and led the Volunteers with 10 tackles for loss along with 46 total tackles, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and four passes defended. Taylor finished his collegiate career with 118 tackles, 26.5 tackles for loss, and 19.5 sacks with six forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and seven passes defended in 38 games.
|Height||Weight||Arm length||Hand size||40-yard dash||10-yard split||20-yard split||20-yard shuttle||Three-cone drill||Vertical jump||Broad jump|
|6 ft 3 5⁄8 in
|9 3⁄4 in
|All values from NFL Combine|
Taylor was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, but did not participate in any drills due to an offseason surgery. Taylor was selected in the second round with the 48th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks.
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