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Matt Miller's Breakdown for Stepfan Taylor
Stepfan Taylor was productive for the Stanford Cardinal. He is the first running back in school history to record three straight 1,000-yard seasons and is its all-time leading rusher with 4,300 yards.
But that doesn't mean he was the right pick.
College production does not necessarily mean a player will be a hit at the next level. Too often, players come from great situations in college and have trouble taking their game to the next level when players are faster, stronger and bigger than anyone they faced on campus.
That may be the case for Taylor. He is one of the most productive slow backs in college history, right up there with Ron Dayne.
He has most things you'd want from a back, like good vision, good hands and good pad level when absorbing contact. But there is zero burst to is game. He is fast like sap in December.
He is durable, though, and he could potentially be a long-term guy if he has the blocking and somehow is able to speed his game up. He should battle Alfonso Smith for the final RB spot on the roster.