Re: ***2013 Patriots Draft Thread V2***
posted at 3/11/2013 7:32 PM EDT
In response to Godvernment's comment:
In response to PatsEng's comment:
Hey MB, I'm not sure if someone already mentioned them or not but came across an interesting S rewatching some east-west footage.
Cooper Taylor - Richmond - 6'5" 230 4.6 40'
Very nice performance at the east west game with above average coverage ability and a very good tackler. A little raw but I like his potential. Could be a very good day 3 pick as a hybrid SS/OLB. Could be that coverage OLB/SS we've been looking for
he could be a steal if his injury history and heart condition is cleared.
A bit more on Taylor........
After leading Marist School to the Georgia state championship game, Taylor chose Georgia Tech over Mississippi State, Virginia and Duke, among others. It was a natural choice considering his father, Jim Bob Taylor, played for Georgia Tech and then for the Baltimore Colts in 1983.
Cooper Taylor was named second-team All-ACC by Rivals.com as a freshman and appeared on his way to becoming a star. However, after starting the first three games of the following season, he was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome after being diagnosed with an extremely high heartbeat against Miami on Sept. 17 and sat out the remainder of the season.
Taylor underwent a corrective procedure to correct the condition that can cause the electrical charges between the heart's chamber to become out of sync, and was given a clean bill of health. He was given a medical redshirt.
He made five tackles in four games in 2010, but saw limited action after an "injury." Taylor played in the season opener against South Carolina state, but didn't come out of the locker room after halftime with what head coach Paul Johnson called heat-related symptoms. Taylor said the heat-related illness wasn't caused by his heart condition, but played sparingly the rest of the season.
Taylor chose to transfer to Richmond for his final two years of eligibility.
Taylor started all eight games he appeared in during the 2011 season, recording 63 tackles. He emerged as a first-team All-FCS player as a senior, starting 10 games and finishing with 78 tackles, 5.0 tackles for loss, four interceptions, 1.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and nine pass breakups.
He even saw time in the team's Wildcat package on offense before having that role curtailed by a broken hand.
A former FBS standout with excellent athleticism, Taylor started to create a little bit of buzz among the scouts and NFL representatives at the Shrine Game and is poised to be a rising prospect heading into the draft.