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Former Tennessee corner Alontae Taylor has steadily improved his draft stock since opting out of the Vols’ bowl game against Purdue.
First, Taylor turned in a strong week in Mobile at the Reese’s Senior Bowl, then the corner impressed at the NFL Combine and now the athletic corner turned in a strong Pro Day workout.
The strong few months for the Manchester, Tennessee native has a former NFL scout and current Senior Bowl executive singing Taylor’s praises.
Tennessee CB Alontae Taylor will undoubtedly gain traction around the league in April draft meetings. Followed up 4.36 official Combine 40 with 39 VJ & 11-1 BJ at today’s pro-day. DB coaches will pound table for him since he’s inarguably most innately physical corner in draft. 😡 pic.twitter.com/zQJRXdEiTt
— Jim Nagy (@JimNagy_SB) March 30, 2022
Perhaps the most impressive part of Taylor’s offseason was his 40-yard dash time at the NFL combine. The four-year Tennessee starter posted an impressive 4.36 time.
Taylor didn’t run the 40-yard dash at this week’s Pro Day, but did impress in a number of other drills with scouts from all 32 teams in attendance.
Combine that speed and impressive drills with his 6-foot, 195-pound frame and you have a prospect climbing up the rankings. Taylor was strong against the run in college and that reputation has followed him to the professional ranks with Nagy referring to him as “the most innately physical corner in the draft.”
Taylor recorded 162 tackles, five tackles for loss, four interceptions, eight pass deflections, three forced fumbles and two touchdowns in his collegiate career.