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Taylor Hart NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Eagles DE

Oregon defensive end Taylor Hart warms up before facing Colorado in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Boulder, Colo., on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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Darren PageFeatured ColumnistJanuary 12, 2017

Taylor Hart, DE, Oregon (6’6”, 281 lbs.)

Philadelphia Eagles (Eagles trade 83rd pick to Texans for 101st and 141st picks)

Fifth Round: 141st Pick

NFL Comparison: Chris Canty, DE, Baltimore Ravens

Combine Weigh-In
HeightWeightArmHand
606028132 3/4"10 1/8"
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Combine Workout
40-yd dash10-yd splitVertBroad3-ConeBench
DNPDNPDNPDNPDNP21
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Positives

  • Tall build with exceptional length. 
  • Plays with natural bend to win leverage battles by keeping his pads down. 
  • Keeps his feet under him and maintains balance; doesn’t end up on the ground often. 
  • Displays football instincts and an IQ for schematic responsibilities. 
  • Flashes a swim move to beat off-balance blockers. 
  • Utilizes length to deliver a blow with his hands regularly. 
  • Flashes ability to convert speed to power and compress pockets when rushing from more space. 
  • Gets hands into passing lanes and deflects passes at a high rate. 
  • Reads blockers and can diagnose screens very well. 
  • Plays off cut blocks with his hands by anticipating blocks. 
  • Controls two gaps on a regular basis with a fine skill set for it. 
  • Uses height to find and track the ball while engaged as a run defender. 
  • Stays patient reading backs and playing gap responsibility; doesn’t take himself out of plays. 
  • Skilled hands that he shoots into contact. 
  • Disengages from run blocks with ease. 
  • Pursues the ball with an incredible motor and deceptive speed in the open field. 
  • Simply gets to the ball at a very high rate, especially for a 3-4 end. 
  • Works laterally down the line of scrimmage with light feet. 
  • Has large wingspan and wraps well; effective tackler. 
  • Experience from multiple alignments in a multiple defensive scheme.

 

Negatives

  • Relatively lean frame that needs bulk added, especially below the waist. 
  • Plays from a crouched stance with knees under his shoulders on non-passing downs. 
  • Stance leads to lack of power generated towards a blocker. 
  • Out of his element rushing from the edge or from his feet. 
  • Little variety to pass-rush moves with a lack of explosiveness to shoot gaps. 
  • Doesn’t play with heavy or violent enough hands and has little power from upper body. 
  • Lets his pads get higher as a pass-rusher and exposes his chest. 
  • Doesn’t work back across blocks well if he gets sealed from the football. 
  • Lacks strength and bulk in the lower half to stay square and anchor a double-team. 
  • Rarely resets the line of scrimmage with power on first contact. 
  • May be schematically limited as an NFL player and may be considered a two-down end.
Collegiate Statistics
YearTeamTacklesTFLSacksFFPD
2010Oregon182201
2011Oregon4432.512
2012Oregon3611813
2013Oregon7563.535
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Personal Notes

  • A 3-star prospect as a recruit in class of 2009; ranked 26th strong-side defensive end according to Rivals. 
  • Three-year starter with 39 straight starts to end his collegiate career. 
  • Named to Pac-12 All-Academic team three times. 
  • Missed the Senior Bowl with a broken bone in his foot after accepting an invitation.

 

Ratings Chart

Graph made at nces.com.

 

Overall

For any team in need of a 3-4 end who’s ready to contribute on first and second down on day one, Taylor Hart is the guy.  His ability to stand up blocks at the line of scrimmage, locate the ball and shed while controlling gaps will make him a highly effective run-stopper in the NFL.  Hart’s projection as a whole is more difficult, though.  It may be difficult to find an end who contributed more per snap in college football, but Hart still needs to build on his lean frame and hone his skills as a pass-rusher to reach his potential.

 

Draft Projection: Third Round

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