The Denver Broncos may have to move Florida offensive tackle Jawaan Taylor up their draft board after an impressive Combine performance.
The NFL Scouting Combine is more about solidifying grades for players and putting official numbers to athletic measurables than actually increasing someone’s stock, but there are exceptions with players who do so well their performances cannot be ignored.
When the offensive linemen took the field in Indianapolis, Florida Gators tackle Jawaan Taylor really stood out.
Taylor showed off his strength, sweet feet, and power in the combine drills he went through. Many felt like he was a top 10-15 guy before the combine, and his performance more than solidified that. As a matter of fact, he could be the most coveted tackle in this year’s draft.
The Broncos just so happen to have a hole at the right tackle position, where Taylor played in college. They are reportedly working to bring back Billy Turner and/or Jared Veldheer, but they could also look to the 2019 NFL Draft and a guy like Taylor to fill that hole at right tackle on a more permanent basis.
That’s the position Taylor played at Florida where he and the rest of the Gators’ offensive line allowed just 18 sacks this past season.
There are some pretty good pass rushers on Florida’s schedule, including first-round prospects Brian Burns (Florida State), Josh Allen (Kentucky), and Mississippi State’s Josh Sweat.
Taylor was one of the most improved players in the country this past year and now looks poised to be the first offensive lineman selected in the 2019 NFL Draft.
John Elway and the Broncos might have to push him up their boards a little bit.
Considering the Broncos brought in Mike Munchak to run the offensive line and will give him a pretty significant say in the personnel department as it relates to the offensive line, it’s not out of the question for the team to look to the offensive line in round one.
The Broncos face so many good pass rushers every year, and they face them on both the left and right side of the defensive formation. Having a top flight pair of tackles is important in today’s NFL. The Broncos have probably the best offensive line coach in the game. They have another former first-round pick in Garett Bolles at left tackle.
If this Denver team is going to emphasize the running game offensively, is there a better way to go in round one besides Jawaan Taylor?
That is if he’s even available.
Taylor is known as one of the nastiest tackles in this year’s draft. Bolles was certainly known for his nastiness coming out of Utah.
Offensive linemen should have a bit of an edge to them, right? You’ve got to want to put someone in the dirt. Taylor certainly fits that description.