NFL Draft: Ohio State's Taylor Decker Is Off the Board

Ohio State All-American offensive tackle Taylor Decker has been selected with the 16th pick in the first round by the Detroit Lions.

OT Taylor Decker: Drafted

Round 1, Pick 16

 

Team: Detroit Lions

 

Bio Info

Vandalia (Ohio) Butler

6-7

310

5.23 40

33 3/4-inch arm length

10-inch hands

20 reps on bench press

 Scout Pre-Draft Rankings

Four-star prospect

No. 4 offensive tackle

No. 25 overall prospect

 Ohio State Career: Decker started all 42 games over the final three years of his career and helped pave the way for a dominant rushing attack. As a senior in 2015 he was named a consensus All-American as well as the Big Ten's Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year in addition to being selected as a unanimous first-team all-Big Ten pick. He had a memorable starting debut in 2013 when his first game at right tackle game against Buffalo star Khalil Mack, who went on to become a top-5 draft pick. Decker steadied himself from that point and became a reliable member of a line that included three current NFL starters. In 2014 he moved to left tackle and anchored the best offensive line in the country, one that paved the way to Ohio State’s first national championship since 2002. He continued that success in 2015 en route to becoming an All-American.

 Expert Breakdown: “Decker is very steady in the way he plays. I wouldn’t say robotic, but he’s very much in control. You don’t see him get out of position much. He doesn’t have to put his head in the block in pass blocking and he plays with balance and extends his hands. He’s gone up against some really good competition and had some success. I do think he’s a technically sound football player, but he’s going to have to develop a bit more strength. When you watch him play, the athletic ability definitely shows through.” – Bryan Broaddus, former NFL scout.

Decker Says: “I think the biggest challenge is going to be, though I did play some really good players in college, I’m going to see the best players I’m ever going to see every single week. There’s no room for error. You can’t have an off game or a couple of bad plays. As an offensive lineman, a couple of bad plays means a bad game. You have to be consistent.”


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