Rookie Watch: Cooper Taylor

Searching for young talent to infuse into their secondary, the New York Giants took a chance on a playmaking defensive back in Cooper Taylor. Find out if the rookie will make Big Blue's 53 man roster.

When you hear the name Cooper Taylor you remember a freshman player at Georgia Tech making plays all across the field. At 6-foot-5 weighing near 240 pounds his speed strength and hard-hitting ability terrorized the ACC Conference and led an second team All ACC nomination and honorable mention freshman All-American.

Now in the year is 2013, Taylor's name does not align itself with Georgia Tech but with Richmond University a Division 1 FCS school. Before the 2009 season, Taylor was found to have Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome (WPW), a rare condition that affects the heart's conduction system, this led him to miss the entire 2009 season and only allowed him to play in four games in 2010. After seeing his playing time diminish, Taylor transferred to Richmond where he would play his last two seasons of eligibility.

Now after the 2013 NFL Draft, Cooper's residency will now be in Big Apple after being selected in the fifth round by the New York Giants. He now has a chance to play in the NFL. Taylor is a unique player because of his size. He is much taller and bigger than most defensive backs you see in the NFL today. Coming out of the draft, many NFL analysts compared Taylor to Seattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor. After being drafted by the Giants some team executives and newspaper columnists would compare him to former Giants cornerback Jason Sehorn who was very important to the Giants Super Bowl run in the year 2000.

Cooper, who is very good at defending the run and who is a hard hitter in his own right, can help the Giants improve at stopping the run. However, Taylor's size and speed limits his ability to defend the pass which is the Giants' most critical need at the moment.

Taylor can be a successful NFL defensive back in this career due to his ability to tackle in the open field and his hard hitting nature. His size can be effective against some of these taller and stronger wide receivers you see coming into the NFL these days who use their height and strength to overpower smaller defensive backs His height and strength can help combat those wide receivers and could limit big plays down the field from occurring.

Now whether he plays cornerback or safety is another question, but he may be a better fit at safety because he lacks speed, but is a very good tackler. At the safety position he can help stop the opposing teams running game.


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