Running Back #21
- Highly touted High School recruit who was a 5 year player (played as an 8th grader). Owns almost every rushing record in the state of Florida including 12,121 rushing yards and 191 Touchdowns. Was named the 2012 Lou Groza High School Player of the year.
- Son of former NFL running back Fred Taylor.
- Was named to 2013 All SEC Freshman team.
- Quicker than fast.
- Good vision.
- Great footwork who can make multiple cuts. Outstanding lateral agility.
- Understands his assignments and completes to the best of his ability.
- Willing pass blocker though he will need to improve, particularly with larger defenders.
- Reliable ball carrier. Recorded zero fumbles in 510 touches.
- Can be an indecisive runner and looking for an additional cut rather then exploiting the yardage he already has.
- Lacks size to be every down back. Most likely will be a change of pace runner.
Kelvin Taylor’s high school career is now legendary. The former 5 Star recruit chose to attend his fathers Alma-Mater, Florida University. After earning All SEC Freshman team honors in 2013, Taylor shared the back field as a sophomore in 2014. He finally became the lead back in 2015 and carried the ball 259 times for 1,035 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Kelvin is a reliable running back who plays with a high football IQ and competes to the best of his ability. His lack of size however, will make it difficult for him to be an every down back in the NFL. Given the opportunity to improve his pass blocking, Kelvin could develop into a great change of pace back and contribute early on.
Round Value: 6th
Player Comparison: Shane Vereen. While not the natural pass catcher Vereen is, I do see similarities in the style of running and their size. Like Vereen, Kelvin is great in space and can make people miss and is much more of a complimentary back used on third downs.