2017 NFL Draft big board: Top 10 linebacker prospects
By Dan Dahlke
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10. Steven Taylor, Houston (6-0, 225) — Film Grade: 74.0
Quick Take: From a pure trait perspective, Taylor may not check many boxes as a linebacker prospect. He has a squatty build and possesses limited athleticism and straight-line speed. Despite this, the former Houston Cougar still finds ways to make plays on the field, which should still hold some weight in draft war rooms. In his final two years as a starter in Houston’s defense, Taylor recorded 18.5 sacks, 26.5 tackles for loss, and four forced fumbles. Taylor often wins the leverage battle at the point of attack and he has as short-area burst that helps him turn the corner and get after the quarterback. In the very least, Taylor is an interesting prospect, but I’m just not sure how well his game translates to the NFL.