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Scouting the NFL Draft: Taylor Morton

The tackle prospect will likely be off the board in the first round of this month's draft.

If any offensive lineman is going to be that one steal out of a later round that can start right away, it’s Western Michigan’s Taylor Morton. The 6 feet 5 inch, 319-pound right tackle was an All-MAC first-team selection and helped the Broncos to an undefeated regular season and a MAC title.

 

Moton has a prototypical massive frame for an NFL tackle, and has the arm length to make first contact and the technique to gain control and drive-block defensive ends and tackles. 

 

He has the strength to pancake virtually anyone once he gets a hold of them, and he is practically impossible to beat with a simple bull rush.  He has experience as a guard as well, and most scouts believe his skillset translates to primarily being a guard at the next level.

 

Moton needs to work on his quickness and his footwork, as well as maintaining balance and proper form when moving laterally. He has to work on dealing with outside stunts by defensive ends and coming to balance to initiate contact when his block isn’t right in front of him.

 

All in all, Moton has the size and strength to dominate, especially in power-based offensive schemes. His footwork and overall athleticism are concerns, but his versatility having played both tackle and guard fit what the Giants have done in the past in terms of moving players around on the line.

 

Moton is a project, but one that is definitely worth taking a chance on if he’s on the board during the third round and beyond. 


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