Guard Takes Pride in Protection

This four-year starter at right guard, who dominated his matchup against a potential first-round pick, will visit Green Bay on Monday.

Oklahoma State guard Lane Taylor married an Oklahoma fan.

Having overcome that possible barrier to love, the young couple will have another football quarrel to work through if Taylor winds up playing for the Green Bay Packers.

Kasey's favorite team is the Minnesota Vikings because star running back Adrian Peterson played for her beloved Sooners.

"No, she's not a die-hard NFL fan," Taylor told Packer Report on Friday. "She's more of a college fan."

Taylor is taking a predraft visit to Green Bay on Monday, he said. He's also visited Oakland and Dallas. A Packers scout attended his pro day, with Taylor running in 5.35 seconds and putting up 31 reps on the bench.

Taylor (6-3, 324) started 47 games at right guard for the Cowboys. He was first-team all-Big 12 on the field and academically as a senior. His intelligence came through in playing for three offensive coordinators. During those final three seasons, he did not allow a sack, including dominating Purdue's projected first-round pick, Kawaan Short, in the bowl game. Short finished with one tackle and one sack — which he got after switching sides in the second half.

"It was a good accomplishment because we threw the ball a lot, so not to give up a sack is something I pride myself on," Taylor said. "I never want to get my quarterback sacked."

Taylor said the scouts he's talked to consider him a Day 3 prospect. While he's played only right guard, he also served as the team's backup center.

"They like my style of play," he said. "I'm a real balanced person. I'm able to run block and pass pro pretty good. I'm more of a power run-type guy."

Being married, Taylor said teams will not have to worry about him doing the right things off the field.

"I'm not going to get into any trouble with the wife or anything," he said.

Taylor credited Kasey for helping him get to this moment of his career by making him a better man off the field and allowing him the time to get better on the field.

For years, Taylor has dreamed of playing in the NFL. That dream is almost at hand.

"All I know is it's going to be an exciting moment," he said. "It's going to be surreal because it's a dream that I've had for many, many years to play at the professional level. It's going to be real exciting when I get a phone call and I end up somewhere."

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