College football's most prolific running back the past three years, record-setting Jonathan Taylor is solidly a first- or second-round pick in this year's NFL Draft. Even with the lack of value placed on running backs in today's NFL, Taylor appears to be ticketed for a top-50 selection after leaving Wisconsin after his junior season.
Here's what NFL.com has to say:
Supremely productive, well-built runner with an all-day, every-day mentality that helped lead him to three Big Ten rushing titles. Taylor runs with bend and burst as an outside runner and has home-run speed once he gets into the open field. He displays an ability to weave around interior traffic but might have evolved into more of a thinker than reactor inside due to fumbling issues and the litany of loaded fronts he faced. His patience and understanding of the where/when of blocks allowed him to thrive in multiple run schemes. He's more body puncher than knockout artist, wearing down his opponents with carry after carry. His traits, toughness and talent should make him an early starter with a solid ceiling and more third-down potential than we saw at Wisconsin.
Taylor could be Wisconsin's first pick off the board in this year's event.
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