3 Scouting reports for 3 Philadelphia Eagles 2020 NFL Draft prospects

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Kenan Christon #23 of the USC Trojans, Davion Taylor #20 of the Colorado Buffaloes (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /

Davion Taylor. 2. Safety/Linebacker. Colorado. player. 857. . Pick Analysis

Staying with the linebacker position we have former Colorado Buffaloes standout, Davion Taylor. There have been several conversations about the possibility of the Eagles adding Laviska Shenault to the receiving corps, but don’t be surprised if they add one of his teammates that played on the other side of the ball.

According to The Athletic’s Nicki Jhabvala, Taylor visited with six teams and was scheduled to meet with the Eagles at the end of the month. Take a look.

Taylor had a unique path to the NFL, barely playing any football until he got to college. Growing up in Mississippi, religious observances kept him from playing with his high school football team, save for one game that happened to not fall on a Friday or Saturday.

After high school, Taylor enrolled at Coahoma Community College in Mississippi. He became a starter during his freshman season, impressing his coaches and Pac-12 recruiters. Ranked as a four-star prospect after two seasons, the Colorado Buffaloes offered him a position on their team in 2018 as a transfer student.

Used as a hybrid safety/linebacker for two seasons, Taylor’s role with the Buffaloes was similar to that of former Clemson Tigers linebacker Isaiah Simmons. Versatile defensive players are becoming a staple of the college game, allowing teams to be more disruptive in the short and intermediate parts of the field.

For his career in Boulder, Taylor tallied 129 total tackles, including 18 tackles for a loss, two sacks, and a defensive touchdown off a fumble. After running 4.49 seconds on the 40-yard dash and posting the fourth-best broad jump among linebackers at this year’s NFL Scouting Combine, Taylor finds himself on NFL radars.

He’ll need time to develop, but with Doug Pederson and Jim Schwartz‘s creativity, it shouldn’t be difficult to find a role for Taylor in this Eagles defense.