Scouting Report | Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida


Personal Background

“He’s strong. Like, unnaturally strong, when you think of an aggressive, nasty lineman, that’s what you think of.” DL Bryan Cox

Athletic Background

Injury History


  • 37 FBS games
    • 2018
      • Played 13 games at right tackle 
    • 2017
      • Played in all 11 games
        • Nine at right tackle
        • Two at left tackle
    • 2016
      • Played 13 games at right tackle

Film Reviewed

  • 2018
    • Florida State
    • Georgia
    • Kentucky
    • LSU
    • Mississippi St
    • Missouri
    • South Carolina
    • Tennessee
  • 2017
    • Florida State (Played LT)



“Some guys put their hands on you and you don’t really notice it, he strikes his hands, and you can feel it in your teeth.” OL Coach Mike Summers



Jawaan Taylor may not have the typical build for a starting offensive tackle, but he has the traits. Taylor is the prototypical mauler at the point of attack. He asserts his will via his natural strength. All of his power starts from the ground up; his feet are always driving and working in unison with his upper body, and it allows him to re-establish the line of scrimmage in his team’s favor. His force is felt on combo blocks; he can bang a 3-technique defensive tackle over to his guard with a simple pop of his shoulder, but then can climb to a linebacker and pick him off on the move. In pass protection, he is a quick learner who rarely gets fooled by pass rushers twice. If he takes a bad angle on a pass set, he can quickly adapt on his next rep to shut down a similar move. Taylor is cognizant of the most immediate threat, never surrendering his inside gap off the snap, but he also can lock up speed rusher out wide with a quick cat-like jump and angle set. Once in striking distance of a wide rusher, he can guide his hands to proper strike points to lock in then let his nimble feet and strength control the rest of the rep. His strength is the catalyst for his game, and it sets up his anchor and anchor recovery skills up for success. Pure power rushers will have very little success against Taylor because he can absorb the initial blow, refit his hands, and use a variety of anchor methods to maintain the integrity of the pocket.

It’s pretty clear that Taylor’s weight has fluctuated over the years, but it appears to be under control now. How he plans to maintain it will be one of the most common questions he will face in this draft process. Taylor still needs a lot of reps on vertical sets because the wider the rusher lined up, the more he tended to struggle. His foot speed and agility aren’t quite on the same level firing out to kick-slide as driving forward on run plays, but it is adequate. However, this will cause Taylor to over-set when he is playing against a talented rusher. Guys like Brian Burns and Montez Sweat utilized hesi-rushes to get Taylor to over-commit wide before cutting back inside. When this happens, Taylor will use his long arms and arm strength to catch the defender, thereby cutting off the inside line, then move his feet to get his body back behind his hands. For the most part it has worked, aside from a holding call or two, but at the next level, there will be a steady diet of speed rushers that will assuredly draw holding penalties.

Overall, Taylor is a legitimate first-round prospect and one that will likely go in the first half of day one. You can say he has position flexibility, but even though his footwork has improved from his Sophomore year, his film at left tackle was not pretty. So, in theory, you could use him at either tackle position, but I think his home is at right tackle. With his power, ability in confined spaces, and overall movement skills, guard isn’t out of the realm of possibility. Schematically, his best fit would be to a team that runs a lot of vertical displacement runs at the point of attack like power, counter trey, and inside zone, but then complements that run game with lots of play-action, allowing Taylor to execute jump and angle sets regularly. This will allow him to get right into the face of the pass rusher, take away the unpredictability of the rush, and allow Taylor to shut it down with his strength and good feet in close quarters.