Matt Waldman’s RSP Film Room No.192 RB Jonathan Taylor (Wisconsin)

Matt Waldman’s RSP Film Room takes an in-depth look at what makes Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor a compelling 2020 NFL Draft prospect at the running back position. 

Jonathan Taylor reminds me of Seattle’s Chris Carson—a physical back with enough burst and speed to break long runs when he’s not initiating scrums and also possesses enough hand-eye coordination to develop into a productive receiver. I’ve seen Nick Chubb comparisons but there are three significant differences between Taylor and Chubb’s games:

  • Chubb is a better route runner in the middle of the field.
  • Taylor has significant flaws as a pass protector.
  • Chubb entered the league with more experience with common pro-style running schemes than Taylor.

Taylor ran a 10.47-second, 100 meters in high school and is expected to run in the 4.4’s in the 40. I’m usually skeptical of high school times and how they translate to the NFL but speed is the one area where Taylor will match or beat Chubb.

Taylor has the tools to develop into a complete back, but he’s not there yet. There’s a good chance an NFL team restricts Taylor as a two-down back with occasional receiving responsibilities and employes a scatback to split the load. Even so, Taylor can deliver perennial production as a team’s leading runner.

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