There is a lot to like about Richmond's strong safety, Cooper Taylor.
Some will sound off in the comments section about how Taylor isn't worth a third-round pick, but this enormous small-school safety is starting to turn heads.
Jared Stranger of SBNation had a lot of good things to say about Taylor, writing:
[Taylor is a] Seahawk-type strong safety out of Richmond...Measuring between 6'4"/228 and 6'5"/235, Taylor is huge. Not only does he grab attention with measurables, the guy had production at Richmond this year after transferring from Georgia Tech before 2011 season...we’re talking: 78 tackles (5 for loss), 4 INT, 9 [Pass Breakups], and 3 forced-fumbles.
Eric Galko of MiamiDolphinsDraft.com, who attended Shrine Game practices all week, also thinks highly of the gigantic safety:
[A] really impressive defensive back was Cooper Taylor of Richmond. Get used to hearing that name this week, because he really looks the part of the hype I heard about him in the pre-season of this year. The 6’4 safety is a monster in the defensive back drills compared to his 6’0 or smaller counterparts, yet he’s reacting and closing on passes as well as any of them. His change of direction, efficient aggression, and reaction to the play were fantastic today, including a Collin Klien interception. I’ll look for him to be maybe one of three small schoolers here fighting for a Top 3 round pick.
The Patriots did just invest a second-round pick in safety Tavon Wilson in the 2012 draft, but with Patrick Chung set to hit free agency this offseason, the Patriots may be intrigued by a guy like Taylor, who could add some serious size and physicality to a rather small safety group (both of their starting safeties, Devin McCourty and Steve Gregory, are under 6'0'').