Now that the NFL Scouting Combine has come and gone, we’re starting to get a really good idea of where players may fall when the 2020 NFL Draft begins.
Recently, Pro Football Focus created 2020 NFL Draft player comparisons, sharing thoughts on which players resemble former or current NFL stars. Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor received a favorable comparison, as PFF likened him to former Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray.
“Murray was a bit smaller coming out at 213 compared to Taylor’s 226 but quickly got up to a listed 220 in the NFL,” Michael Renner of PFF wrote. “It’s easy to forget that Murray came into the league with 4.41 speed and a devastating stiff arm. He wasn’t the type to shake a defender in the hole, and neither is Taylor. Both are power runners with ideal size to have defenders bounce off their legs.”
Taylor seemed to see an increase in his draft stock following the combine, when he posted a 4.39 time in the 40-yard dash. Weighing in at 226 pounds, his ability to break the 4.4 time was an impressive attribute for the former Badger.
Last season, Taylor racked up 2,003 yards and 21 touchdowns for the Badgers. His biggest knock has been the number of touches he’s received while playing in college, with that amount surpassing 900 for his career.
But Taylor has proven to be a durable back, capable of doing just about anything on the field. He’ll be a hard choice for team’s to pass up if they’re in need of a running back.