In a draft starving for legitimate offensive tackles, Western Michigan’s Taylor Moton will be an enticing prospect that should hear his name called sooner than later. I wasn’t surprised to learn that he squats 570 pounds. I wasn’t surprised to learn that he throws up 400 pounds on the bench press like one would throw a child small child in the air. I wasn’t surprised when he mauled Senior Bowl defenders with his prototypical length and anchored against them with an anchor that would survive the Bering Sea. I’d seen it all before, admittedly due to following Corey Davis, and after his Senior Bowl week, it shouldn’t surprise anybody else.
Name: Taylor Moton
Size: 6’5″/319/34 1/8″ Arm Length
School: Western Michigan
Comparison: Kelechi Osemele
Draft Grade: Late 2nd Round
Combine Results: 40 Yard Dash – 5.18, Bench Press – 23 Reps, Vertical Jump – 30.5″, Broad Jump – 109″, 3 Cone – 7.73, 20 Yard Shuttle – 4.58
Positives: Has excelled at both guard and tackle, provides versatility. Excellent frame for playing weight. Outstanding anchor and re-anchor. Swallows spin moves with frame and length. Attacks armpit on swims. Wins more often than not with initial set. Resets his hands and shoots inside, utilizes length. Picks up late blitzing overhangs and deals well with stunts/twists. A menace on down blocks and will take defenders out of frame. Initial hand strike improves when working to second level. Immovable. Looks for work. Played up to competition vs. Wisconsin as a tackle and vs Ohio State as a guard. Gained a full inch of arm length after Senior Bowl (Comparison: Inspector Gadget).
Negatives: Hands can be late and land wide. Susceptible to push-pull. Question ability to handle speed rush consistently. Will get caught lunging and is a waist bender. Inconsistent and heavy footwork leads to issues when coming to balance. Can be too aggressive in his set and could have more issues with inside counters against better athletes. Needs to improve hand speed when working inside.
Outlook: Moton is a monster of a man that can start for any NFL team Day 1 and provide value. Most teams see him as a guard, but he is a solid tackle if some issues with his sets and hands can be cleaned up. Should not drop too far into the 2nd day of the draft with his versatility, gigantic frame, and skillset.