When four offensive line coaches, all known for their abilities in that capacity, all converge on a Pro Day for a guy named Zane Taylor in Utah, who as of two days ago was considered a seventh rounder … then something’s up. Especially when that guy blows his Combine bench press number out of the water.
All the attention though was considered a good thing as the general thought of the day was Taylor continues to improve his stock.
He had 41 reps on the bench press (225 pounds), an improvement from the 33 he made at the combine. Anything above 30 is considered very good.
Bill Callahan, the former Oakland Raiders coach who is an assistant now with the New York Jets, was among the coaches getting an eyeful of Taylor
Aaron Wilson even writes that he worked out for those guys for a good long time.
Per our source, Taylor excelled in an intense positional drill session that went on for an hour.
This is interesting to me. The fact that he was flagged for such a late pick, coupled with his performances, and the attention of guys like Tom Cable, Dante Scarnecchia, and Bill Callahan would all be there tells us something there that they feel like they can work with. Looks like this could be a guy some teams hoped to scoop up late … but looks like there might be a little race to get him in the draft.