CB – #2 Tennessee
Year: Redshirt Junior
High School: (Manchester, TN)
HS Rating: 4 star (0.9471)
Phil Steele: PS#27
Alontae Taylor Scouting Report
Has some speed. Decently athletic. Stayed with top receivers for the most part in man coverage last year. Accelerates well. Lacks a lot of upper body strength. Doesn’t change direction well. Struggles to flip his hips and turn back up-field when he has to. Average recovery.
Would really like to see Taylor wrap up better. Wants to tackle but comes in too low. Does have very strong hit power. Not someone I’d be comfortable with playing in space. Pursuit angles, especially when working off a block, need to be better. Struggles at times to effectively get a good angle when working downhill.
Reacts well in man coverage, just want to see him play more aggressive. Does a good job staying in the hip pocket of the receiver. Not overly physical, but can get physical while attacking the catch point. Not particularly adept at zone coverage. Plays too deep in the zone and doesn’t get back into position fast enough when he needs to. Plays a much stronger zone coverage in the red zone when there isn’t all that space. Quick recognition and reaction. Strong jam technique. Too physical in press coverage.
What we want to see from Alontae Taylor in Mobile
- Some of the technique that Alontae Taylor has on tape that is great. Other times, he’s too handsy with the receiver when he doesn’t need to be. We’d like to see him show better positioning and less reliance on his hands and physicality while in 1v1 coverage.
Pre-Senior Bowl projection
Alontae Taylor can play almost any coverage, which makes him valuable in several defenses. However, his lack of consistency as a tackler limits what he can really do in a defense. He’s a converted wide receiver who switched to defense coming out of high school, so it makes sense. There is some upside to repair that, but for now he would be a liability.
We like Taylor as a fourth/fifth-round projection. His coverage ability and intensity will be liked in several rooms across the NFL, but the lack of consistency tackling and wrapping up ball carriers is astounding and should hold him back.