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NFL Draft 2020: WR A.J. Taylor scouting report

The injured receiver will have an uphill climb, but has the talent to find a spot in the pros.

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A four year contributor, a three year starter, and a member of maybe the most talented receiver class in UW history, A.J. Taylor has had a lot to do with Wisconsin’s success offensively during his time in the cardinal and white. Taylor played in 52 games during his time at Wisconsin, catching 89 passes for 1316 yards and 10 touchdowns in a crowded receiver room. One of four legitimate wide receivers on the roster - Taylor had a unique skill set that allowed him to thrive after the catch.

In 2019, Taylor had 23 catches for 267 yards and two touchdowns. Though his stats were down due to the return of Quintez Cephus, Taylor still made plays when he was called upon. He had a 55-yard touchdown against Nebraska where he broke multiple tackles and was able to find the end zone. He was a 4-star recruit in high school as a running back, and possibly his best trait is his ability to make things happen with the ball in his hands. Taylor’s senior campaign ended with an Achilles injury against Minnesota in the Badgers’ victory over the Gophers.

Height: 5’11”
Weight: 200 pounds
40-yard dash: N/A
Vertical jump: N/A
Broad jump: N/A
Short shuttle: N/A
Three-cone drill: N/A
Bench press: N/A

Summary: Taylor is an interesting prospect from a skill set standpoint. A running back build at the receiver position, his main skills are as a ball-in-hand player. He’s not a burner, but isn’t slow in the open field. Played both outside and in the slot for Wisconsin, used on some jet sweeps as well.

Taylor, to me, is a poor man’s Deebo Samuel, or that type/style of player. He’s a guy who is tough to bring down with arm tackles due to his running back background and his body type. He’s still a bit raw as a receiver, but has ability and should be able to find his way into a camp in some capacity when he’s healthy. He has return experience as well.

Projected Round: Undrafted free agent