Who is Lane Taylor?
Taylor, one of the Green Bay Packers undrafted free agents, is the Packers backup offensive lineman on the interior at both guard positions. At six-foot, three inches tall and 324 pounds, he is a mountain of a man.
Starting 47 of 50 college games at Oklahoma State University, including the last two seasons (24 starts) at right guard, Taylor was a First Team all-conference honoree as a senior in the rough and tumble Big 12 Conference in both the Coaches and Media poll.
Although having gone undrafted, Green Bay had to scramble immediately after the draft to sign him, as they were facing aggressive competition from the likes of The Houston Texans, Oakland Raiders, Dallas Cowboys and Baltimore Ravens. Taylor visited Green Bay prior to the draft, and both he and his agent thought the Packers had a bigger need for an interior offensive lineman than the other teams who were pursuing him.
The Packers offered him a $7,000 signing bonus to nab him, giving him the largest signing bonus this season among all the other undrafted free agents the Packers ended up signing.
Taylor did not get an invite to the NFL Combine, but his numbers at his College Pro Day we as follows …
• 40 yard: 5.35
• 20 yard: 3.07
• 10 yard: 1.88
• Bench: 31
• Vertical: 24.5”
• Broad: 96
• Shuttle: 4.72
• 3-cone: 8.41
Taylor has been a healthy scratch for all three games this season, but that should change this Sunday with fellow interior offensive lineman Greg Van Roten ruled out for this week’s game with an ankle injury. Van Roten has played only 31 snaps this season himself, all on special teams.
So barring an injury to the interior of the offensive line, Taylor’s only action should be on special teams. Taylor has also taken snaps at center in practice since arriving in Green Bay as the Packers insist their backup offensive linemen be versatile and be adept at playing multiple positions.
He is originally from Arlington, Texas, and married to his wife, Kasey Rae. He has 2,761 followers on Twitter, a number that is sure to grow if he gets any significant playing time in the near future.
So, if you see number 65 standing on the sideline this coming Sunday, don’t have flashbacks and think it is Mark Tauscher coming to the rescue, it will be Lane Taylor, ready to fulfill any role he needs to fill in his first game on the active roster as a Green Bay Packer.