Davion Taylor manufactured major strides all through around a yr underneath the wing of CU mentor Mel Tucker. And late Friday evening, people strides despatched the former Buffs linebacker into the waiting around arms of the Philadelphia Eagles.
Taylor was plucked by the Eagles with decide on No. 103 in the third spherical of the NFL Draft, 4 choices from the end of the evening’s festivities.
The Mississippi native recorded seventy two tackles final tumble as a senior for the Buffs, which includes eight stops for losses, to go along with 4 go break-ups.
At 6-foot, and 228 lbs, Taylor initiatives as a combo protection/linebacker at the upcoming stage, specifically right after submitting an remarkable 4.49 time in the forty-yard dash and a 35-inch vertical leap at the NFL’s scouting blend in late February.
“I’ve constantly claimed I was bodily … a bodily linebacker,” Taylor told reporters in Philadelphia by way of a conference contact late Friday. “But I experience like I could convey out even a lot more, and I know at the upcoming stage that’s likely to be — there is likely to be rapidly guys, so the pace, it’s likely to consider a terrific toll, but I experience like it’s a lot more now about me understanding the video game and just staying on the area and reacting a lot more than just considering.”
A late bloomer who was not allowed to play higher college football game titles on Fridays or Saturday evenings for religious reasons, Taylor did a lot more injury, and seemed a lot more cozy, in the Buffs protection as final autumn wore on. He experienced two tackles for losses in a dwelling gain about Stanford final November and recorded 4 tackles and a sack in a victory about Washington in the dwelling finale.
“I just experienced this itch to preserve on understanding about the video game, and each and every video game just seemed to get far better on the area, and like, that upcoming stage,” Taylor claimed. “But I however have that itch just to preserve on understanding, and I experience like the a lot more I understand the a lot more I’m likely to be able to contend and just grow to be a far better participant.”
Taylor was the second former CU standout taken on Day 2 of the NFL draft. Ex-teammate Laviska Shenault was selected with decide on No. 42 by the Jacksonville Jaguars, providing the Buffs two second-day picks in the similar draft for the to start with time considering that 2017.