- Lane Taylor, OG Oklahoma State
- 6’3”/324 lbs
- Hometown – Arlington, Texas
- 40 yard: 5.35
- 20 yard: 3.07
- 10 yard: 1.88
- Bench: 31
- Vertical: 24.5”
- Broad: 96
- Shuttle: 4.72
- 3-cone: 8.41
Lane Taylor was the Packers’ top priority immediately after the NFL draft concluded, giving him a $7,000 signing bonus; while that sounds like nothing for a professional football player, but keep in mind many undrafted rookies get no signing bonus and Taylor’s $7,000 is significantly higher than quarterback Matt Brown, who only received $5,000. While I’ve argued that Taylor has a shot at playing center based on his body size, chances are good that if he makes the team it will be on his strength at guard with the flexibility to kick in to center if needed.
CBS Sports: After spending a lot of time in the weight room, he has done a nice job putting on weight and maxing out his frame, adding over 30 pounds since his freshman season. Taylor isn’t the most mobile blocker, but he stays coordinated in his stance and works well in small areas. With the Cowboys having to replace three starting offensive linemen from last season, Taylor’s leadership and experience will be key for Oklahoma State’s offensive success in 2012.
- Taylor is #68 and plays right guard in both clips.
- Pro day numbers are really bad, in particular his broad jump would have been the worst and his vertical jump would have been among the worst at the combine for any position.
- Has the ability to just stonewall players, even bigger defensive tackles have issues against him.
- On the flip side, kicking him out to block a pass rushing defensive end is a bad idea, he lacks the feet to redirect the better pass rushers. Might also get beat by faster defensive linemen on twists and stunts.
- A much better run blocker than pass blocker
- Can hold his own when pass blocking but has issues when having to peel off and block a late blitzer.
- Surprisingly good at the second level, usually gets to his man and blocks them out of the play
Packers rationale: There’s usually at least one undrafted rookie that makes the 53 man roster so far, I’d put my money on Taylor being that guy. He enters a pretty good situation where the, Evan Dietrich-Smith just became the starter and the backup interior swing linemen position is up for grabs. Add to that the likely season ending injury to 4th round pick JC Tretter and its very likely that a rookie will take over the spot. As I mentioned before, Taylor might have the optimal “butt height” for any rookie linemen this year and if he can show some ability to play center he’s almost a lock to make the 53-man roster or the practice squad.——————
Thomas Hobbes is a staff writer for Jersey Al’s AllGreenBayPackers.com.