The Cleveland Browns hosted defensive tackle Jullian Taylor last week, per multiple sources. Taylor’s stock has been limited because he played in all but one game in 2017 after struggling with injuries during the previous two years.
Taylor dazzled at Temple’s pro day last month, putting himself on some teams’ draft radars, and drawing some serious “sleeper” buzz amongst the draft community. According to draft analyst Tony Pauline, he measured 6-foot-4-inches and 295 pounds after playing around 280 pounds last season at Temple. Taylor recorded a blazing 4.83 in the 40, 31 bench reps, and leaped 33 inches in the vertical jump. He also flashed his athleticism in positional drills.
Here’s a quick glimpse at Taylor in action during his pro day, courtesy of NJ.com:
Taylor projects as third day pick to a priority free agent and has met with several teams and is garnering interest from others. He said his weight increase is due to added muscle he gained during pre-draft training at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., per The Temple News’ Evan Easterling. Taylor believes he can play as an interior lineman or edge rusher in the NFL.
He joined the group of Vita Vea, Maurice Hurst, P.J. Hall and Zaycoven Henderson as five defensive tackles who have privately met with the Browns. It’s clear the team is focusing on the position and is targeting players both early and late in the draft. Vea and Hurst seem like long shots to be Browns barring the team trading down from the No. 4 overall pick, or up from the 33rd overall pick. But if John Dorsey likes either of them enough to draft one of them, that wouldn’t prevent him from snagging Henderson, Hall, or Taylor in the draft’s final rounds.