Scouting Report: Sean Taylor

Standout safety Sean Taylor will visit the San Diego Chargers this week. Taylor is widely considered the top defensive player available in the 2004 NFL Draft. Many believe he will be a Pro Bowl player and make an immediate impact in the NFL. Despite the Chargers needs in other areas on the field, it may be tough for them to pass on Taylor should they trade out of the first pick.

Name: Sean Taylor School Miami-Fl Year 3Jr
Ht: 6-2.5 Wt: 230 40: 4.51 Pos: S

Bio: Big East Defensive Player of the Year in '03 after totaling 77/10/13. All Conference selection as a sophomore after 53/4/15.

Pos: Big, game impacting safety that could be used at a variety of positions. Intelligent, immediately recognizes the action and quick to key the ball carrier. Efficient, plays under control and takes correct angles to the action. Remains focused and though fierce in run defense does not get caught out of position on pass plays. Fires up the field, displays a burst of speed but also plays sideline-to-sideline and covers a good amount of area. Hard hitting and forces the action. Outstanding special teams player that impacts the game on coverage units.

Neg: Better facing the quarterback and slow to locate in man-to-man coverage. Lacks top hands for the interception and as a result defends more throws than he actually picks off.

Analysis: A freak of nature with rare athletic abilities, Taylor can be a force at either safety positions in the NFL. He has the physical skills, tenacity and mental attitude to immediately produce as a rookie and should quickly move into a starting lineup next season.

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