Running backs are set to hit the field at Lucas Oil Stadium on Friday for the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine. There are plenty of great players in that position group looking to help their cause, but ESPN’s Louis Riddick believes former Wisconsin star Jonathan Taylor has the best chance to stand out.
Taylor, who rushed for over 2,000 yards each of the last two seasons, has produced some of the best rushing totals in college football history and has been regarded as one of the best ball carriers in the game the last three seasons.
But it’s not just the talent on the field that Riddick loves about Taylor. The analyst called Taylor a high-character guy, and believes that will only help his cause this week in Indianapolis.
“I think Jonathan Taylor from Wisconsin, in this kind of environment, is absolutely going to stand out,” Riddick said. “As far as his interviews are concerned, the kid is such an A+ character guy. There’s going to be no question.
“On the football field, let me just tell you this, no other running back in FBS history rushed for 1,900-plus yards in their first three seasons. Ever. That includes some of the greatest running backs of all-time. Now, there are going to be some people that knock him for the fact that he has 900-plus touches running the football during his career, the fact that he has had some fumbling issues and he wasn’t a big part of Wisconsin’s passing game until this year. But these are all things that are correctable.
“At 226 pounds, if he comes out here today and he runs sub 4.4 like he thinks he can…there’s gonna be some guys whose eyes start popping open.”
— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) February 28, 2020
Taylor finished the 2019 season with 2,003 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns on 320 carries. He also had 252 receiving yards and five touchdowns on 26 catches, helping lead Wisconsin to another B1G West title and Rose Bowl appearance.
The former Badger back has a great opportunity to leave a strong impression on the NFL this week.