4. Darrell Taylor, LB/DE
When Darrell Taylor first joined Tennessee’s roster, he looked more like a wide receiver than a defensive lineman. But over the years, Taylor bulked up and filled out, and he finally looked ready to step into a bigger role in 2017.
Unfortunately for Taylor, Tennessee’s defense as a whole last season was a mess, and he never really got to shine thanks to that and some nagging injuries. Now Taylor is at a new position, and that switch may pay off in a big way for him.
Taylor has moved from a defensive end position to an outside linebacker role in Tennessee’s new 3-4 defensive scheme, and that could prove to be the best move of his football career. Taylor has the type of athleticism and pass rushing ability that could help him thrive at outside linebacker, and he’ll get a chance to show that off this Saturday.