Scouting Report: Herb Taylor

NFL Scouting's Dave-Te' Thomas provided his college scouting report on the Packers' new offensive tackle, Herbert Reginald Taylor Jr.

The book on Herbert Taylor, the offensive tackle the Green Bay Packers signed on Tuesday, courtesy of Dave-Te Thomas of NFL Scouting. NFL Scouting produces the official biographies provided to the league and scouting reports used by most teams. NFL Scouting provided biographies and insight for Packer Report leading up to last year's draft.


Offensive Tackle

Texas Christian University Horned Frogs

No. 78

6:03.7-296 (coming out of college; Packers listed him at 6-4, 305)

Houston, Texas

Hightower High School

OVERVIEW

The unquestioned leader of the Horned Frogs' offensive line, Taylor went on to start every game (49) he played in at the university. After excelling at right offensive tackle during his first three seasons, he made a successful switch to the demanding left tackle position as a junior, giving up just one quarterback sack on a line that allowed the fewest sacks (15) in the Mountain West Conference in 2006.

Taylor was a two-time first team All-District pick at Hightower High School . He added first- team All-Greater Houston honors and was a finalist for the Houston Touchdown Club Player of the Year Award. He also earned third-team All-State accolades. He was a member of the Houston Chronicle State Top 100 and the Lubbock Avalanche Journal State Top 100. In addition to lettering in football, he also competed in baseball and track.

Taylor turned down scholarship offers from Kansas State, Oklahoma State and Kansas to sign with Texas Christian. He redshirted in 2002, stepping into the starting lineup the following year at right offensive tackle. He helped the team be one of only six major colleges to average over 200 yards passing and 200 yards rushing per game, earning Freshman All-American honorable mention in 2003.

In 2004, Taylor helped TCU rank third in Conference USA and 19th in the country in scoring offense (32.9 points per game). He posted 39 knockdowns while starting every game from right tackle.

Taylor was a first-team All-Mountain West Conference selection, as he started all twelve games at right tackle in 2005. He allowed just one sack on the year and was instrumental in TCU surrendering the second-fewest sacks (18) in the conference.

In 2006, Taylor moved to left tackle, again picking up All-Mountain West Conference first-team recognition. He registered 36 knockdowns and gave up just one sack. He helped anchor a Frog offensive line that allowed the fewest sacks (13) in the conference and the sixth-lowest total in the nation.

SCOUTING REPORT

Positives… Has adequate lower body development, but needs to bulk up…Shows good hand placement and foot shuffling technique, doing a good job of spinning out to neutralize the edge rush…Runs with a normal stride and shows good flexibility and balance moving in space…Shows functional lateral quickness and slide agility… Plays with good aggression and is a smart player who understands checks, making good adjustments at the line of scrimmage…Motivates the other linemen and is the type that puts in extra hours after practice…Has adequate initial quickness off the snap and is quick to shoot his hands, striking with good pop to gain leverage…Scoops and seals with a quick, aggressive first step and pops up quickly in pass protection…Brings his feet well to gain movement coming off the snap and takes a hard step on contact, flashing explosion to cut and block linebackers…Does a nice job of getting underneath the pads of a defender and has the functional leg drive to wall off…Can seal and shows good ability to widen the hole…Comes out of his stance quickly on traps and pulls, showing good agility to get out and neutralize the defender on the perimeter…Adjusts on the move and lands with modest force…Plays with good patience on the edge, letting the defender make the first move and then countering…Sets with a good base and knee bend in pass protection and shows the ability to extend and separate…Can handle the switches to pick up line stunts and moves well to cut off the speedy pass rusher.

Negatives… Has struggled to increase his bulk, as he has a sinus condition that causes him to lose weight…Undersized to play tackle, but lacks the wide body and frame to play inside as a potential guard…Runs with a decent stride, but his speed tapers off when going long distances…Shows good hand placement, but needs to punch more often and generate better force behind those hits…Can get movement vs. single opponents, but doesn't have the leg drive to do it vs. multiple defenders…Can be pushed back vs. a strong bull rush…Best blocking along the line, as he takes poor angles and will over-extend and lunge at times blocking on the move.

Compares To…ADRIAN JONES-New York Jets… Like Jones, Taylor has to rely on hand placement and explosion off the snap to gain movement and get underneath the defender's jersey in order to have success blocking. Both lack the ideal bulk that you look for in a lineman and Taylor needs to improve his strength base. Until he fills out, he brings late second day draft value by his ability to play both tackle positions.

CAREER NOTES

Started every game he played in for the Horned Frogs (49), including 36 at right tackle and thirteen on the left side.

2006 SEASON

All-Mountain West Conference first-team selection…Shifted to left offensive tackle, making 36 knockdown blocks while allowing just one quarterback sack…Anchored a Horned Frog offensive line that has allowed the fewest sacks (15) in the Mountain West Conference and the sixth-lowest total in the nation…Helped the offense averaged 408.5 yards per game.

2006 GAME HIGHLIGHTS

Baylor…Delivered four knockdowns as the offense gained 331 yards…Took down defensive tackle Klayton Shoals on a 3-yard scoring toss from Marcus Jackson to Quinton Cunigan that ended an 86-yard, 12-play fourth quarter series…Head to Head Competition-DE#57-Geoff Nelson-Seven tackles (2 solos), 0.5 sacks for minus 4 yards, two stops for losses of 7 yards.

Brigham Young…Had another four knockdowns and leveled linebacker Aaron Wagner on QB Jeff Ballard's 2-yard scoring lob to Brent Hecht in the third quarter that concluded an 11-play, 80-yard drive, as TCU totaled 437 yards…Head to Head Competition-DE#84-Jan Jorgensen-Three tackles (2 solos).

Wyoming…Had a season-high five knockdowns as the offense generated 432 yards… Cleared a rush lane used by tailback Lonta Hobbs for a 1-yard scoring run midway through the first quarter…Head to Head Competition-DE#95-Corey Mace-Three solo tackles.

Nevada-Las Vegas…Led the way on an 11-yard touchdown run by tailback Aaron Brown in the first quarter, making four knockdowns as TCU piled up 416 yards…Head to Head Competition-DE#92-Jacob Hales-Five tackles (2 solos).

New Mexico…Matched his season-high with five knockdowns, and opened a hole used by Aaron Brown for a 24-yard scoring scamper in the second quarter…Head to Head Competition-DE#55-Tyle Donaldson-Two tackles (one solo).

San Diego State…Ran over linebacker Joe Martin with QB Jeff Ballard following his left tackle on a 4-yard touchdown run with 0:37 left in the first half, helping the team collect 624 yards…Head to Head Competition-DE#94-Nick Osborn-Three tackles (2 solos).

2005 SEASON

All-Mountain West Conference first-team choice…Started all year at right tackle, making 37 knockdown blocks and allowed only one quarterback sack…Was instrumental in TCU surrendering the second-fewest sacks (18) in the Mountain West Conference regular season…Also helped the offense amass 4,799 yards, an average of 399.9 yards per game.

2005 GAME HIGHLIGHTS

Oklahoma…Posted five knockdowns, including one that stopped defensive end C.J. Ah You on a 16-yard scoring toss from Tye Gunn to Derek Moore that ended an 11-play, 84-yard first quarter series…Was named Player of the Week for his performance.

Brigham Young…Had another five knockdowns, clearing a rush lane used by receiver Cory Rodgers for a 2-yard touchdown, capping an 80-yard, 15-play third quarter drive.

Air Force…Was out in front, paving the way for Robert Merrill's 8-yard touchdown run that concluded an 11-play, 80-yard drive in the second quarter, totaling five knockdowns as the offense generated 546 yards.

2004 SEASON

Started all year at right tackle, delivering 39 knockdown blocks…Helped TCU to rank third in Conference USA and 19th in the country in scoring offense (32.9 points per game), third in C-USA and 19th in the nation in total offense (430.7 yards per game) and second in C-USA and 19th in the land in passing offense (264.6 yards per game).

2003 SEASON

Earned Conference USA All-Freshman team and honorable mention Freshman All-American recognition...Started all year at right tackle, as TCU was one of six schools in the country to average over 200 yards rushing and 200 yards passing per game.

2002 SEASON

Redshirted as a true freshman.

INJURY REPORT

Has had sinus issues that affect his weight.

CAMPUS AGILITY TESTS

5.04 in the 40-yard dash (wind-aided)…5.1 40-yard dash (against the wind)…420-pound bench press…610-pound squat…320-pound power clean…4.55 20-yard shuttle…7.66 three-cone drill…32 ?-inch arm length…9 ?-inch hands…Right-handed…Wears glasses… 18/38 Wonderlic score.

COMBINE AGILITY TESTS

5.23 in the 40-yard dash…1.9 10-yard dash…3.08 20-yard dash…4.64 20-yard shuttle…7.78 three-cone drill…27-inch vertical jump…8'4" broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 26 times.

HIGH SCHOOL

Attended Hightower ( Missouri City , Tex. ) High School, playing football for head coach Kevin O'Keefe…Two-time first team All-District pick…Added first-team All-Greater Houston honors and was a finalist for the Houston Touchdown Club Player of the Year Award…Also earned third-team All-State accolades…Member of the Houston Chronicle State Top 100 and the Lubbock Avalanche Journal State Top 100…In addition to lettering in football, he also competed in baseball and track.

PERSONAL

Advertising/Public Relations major with a minor in Social Work…Son of Maxine Whitfield and Herbert Taylor, Sr…Born Herbert Reginald Taylor II on 9/22/84...Resides in Houston , Texas .

BLOCKING STATISTICS

Based on review of game film by our scouting department.

2005: 12 games, 82.1 season grade percentage, 915 plays, 37 knockdowns, eight touchdown-resulting blocks, 13 downfield blocks, 2.0 pressures allowed, 1.0 sacks allowed. High grade: 89 percent vs. Wyoming.

2006: 12 games, 82.7 season grade percentage, 909 plays, 36 knockdowns, 10 touchdown-resulting blocks, 13 downfield blocks, 1.0 pressures allowed, 1.0 sacks allowed. High grade: 91 percent vs. Wyoming.


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