Vincent Taylor announced less than 24 hours after earning the Defensive MVP honors in the Valero Alamo Bowl that he would bypass his senior season at Oklahoma State to enter the NFL Draft.
The Cowboys defensive tackle made the announcement in a Twitter post. The redshirt junior from San Antonio posted 51 tackles (13 for loss), seven sacks and four blocked kicks this season to earn first-team All-Big 12 recognition. Here was Taylor's message posted to his Twitter account (@BallOut_96).
The loss of Taylor means the Cowboys will lose both starting defensive tackles from the 2016 team as senior starter Motekiai Maile's eligibility expired following the Alamo Bowl. Two experienced backups will return for defensive line coach Joe Bob Clements – junior-to-be Darrion Daniels (26 career games, 26 tackles and half a sack) and senior-to-be DeQuinton Osborne, who just completed his first season at OSU after transferring from Kilgore College (12 tackles, 3.5 sacks and one interception).
The Cowboys also have three defensive tackles committed in their 2017 recruiting class – Brendon Evers (Bixby), Fua Leilua (Snow College, Utah) and Enoch Smith Jr. (Butler Community College, Kan.).