The Giants have made Richmond safety Cooper Taylor their fifth round selection in the NFL Draft. Taylor is oversized for a safety and may project as and OLB in the NFL.
Cooper Taylor, S, Richmond Height: 6-5 Weight: 235 Projected 40 Time: 4.69 Projected Round : 5-7
From Walter Football: Taylor was one of the standouts of the East-West Shrine. He did well in pass defense and defending the run. The senior totaled 77 tackles with five tackles for a loss, nine passes broken up, three forced fumbles and four interceptions in 2012. Taylor didn't play much in college, but he has some developmental potential for the NFL. Taylor is also a candidate to move to linebacker.
A 6'5" safety? Believe it. I might be nuts, but he looks a heckuva lot like Brad Van Pelt out there (see video below). BVP was a safety in college and was moved to LB after he got here. I'd say that worked out pretty well. Either way, Taylor (I recall a player we had by that name, once) is an interesting player. The Giants might be thinking he can size up against TEs? Not sure, but read his accomplishment below. I'm curious to see him play.
More bout Cooper Taylor: 2012: First-Team AP All-American ... First-Team Walter Camp All-America ... First-Team The Sports Network All-American ... Second-Team All-American by Phil Steele ... Second-Team All-American by Beyond College Sports ... First-Team All-CAA ... Named The Touchdown Club of Richmond Division I National Defensive Back of the Year ... First-Team VaSID All-State ... College Sports Madness First-Team All-CAA ... First-Team Capital One Academic All-American ... CAA Football Scholar Athlete of the Year ... 2012 CAA Football All-Academic Team ... Named CoSIDA Academic All-District ... Team captain ... Started all 10 games in which he appeared ... Totaled 78 tackles, 5.0 TFL, four interceptions, 1.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, four quarterback hurries and nine pass breakups ... Named CAA Defensive Player of the Week for the second time on the season after totaling a team-high 13 tackles in shutout win over Rhode Island ... Also had 0.5 sacks, two QB hurries and a forced fumble against the Rams ... Game-high 12 tackles, seven solo, against No. 4 Old Dominion ... Totaled six tackles, including five solo, an interception and three pass breakups in win at Georgia State ... CAA Defensive Player of the Week on September 17 ... Had eight tackles, a sack, an interception, a forced fumble, two pass breakups and a quarterback hurry in victory over Delaware ... Eight tackles, including 1.5 for loss, and a quarterback hurry in win over No. 2 James Madison ... Seven tackles, one tackle for loss and two pass breakups in Capital Cup win at William & Mary ... Totaled five tackles, three solo, and had two interceptions in win at VMI ... Totaled a team-high eight tackles, five solo, and a forced fumble in win at Villanova ... Ran back second INT 35 yards for first career touchdown ... Six tackles at No. 12/13 New Hampshire ... Had four tackles, including one for loss, and a pass breakup in victory over Gardner-Webb ... 2013 Senior Bowl Watch List ...