Philadelphia Eagles select Davion Taylor in NFL Draft: 3 Things to know

Davion Taylor (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
Davion Taylor (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images) /

As Round 3 of the 2020 NFL Draft came to a close the Philadelphia Eagles selected a linebacker that some of us had to do a little research on. His name is Davion Taylor.

There haven’t been any fireworks in this year’s NFL Draft if you’re a Philadelphia Eagles fan. Some say the first round was too high to take Jalen Reagor. Some say the second-round selection should have been used on someone other than a backup quarterback even if that backup quarterback was the runner-up in the Heisman Trophy voting, Jalen Hurts. As the third round reached its end, most didn’t know what to say about Philly’s third selection in this year’s selection meeting. His name is Davion Taylor.

He’s a linebacker that cut his teeth in Boulder with the Colorado Buffaloes.

Let’s not waste a ton of time. Here are three things to know about this six-foot, 200-pound prospect.

1. It appears that Philly watched a little Colorado football after all.

When a lot of the scouting started for this particular selection meeting, Eagles fans were hearing the name Laviska Shenault a lot. If you remember, in Bucky Brooks’ first mock draft of 2020, he named Shenault as the guy that he thought Philly might take at 21.

Fast forward, and Shenault slid into the second round due to injury concerns. Philly went with Jalen Reagor in the first round, but they did decide to go with a Colorado standout after all, albeit one that no one knew they had any interest in.

2. The resume is pretty impressive.

Taylor doesn’t have a ton of on-field experience, having only played in 24 career games, but he’s made the most of what he’s had, racking up 129 total tackles (100 were of the solo variety), two sacks, and six pass breakups over the course of his junior and senior season.

Don’t sulk too long Eagles fans. Mr. Taylor is a baller.

3. Here’s someone that could start day one.

The moment Taylor steps foot in the Novacare Complex, he’s immediately going to be the best athlete Philly has at the linebacker position. He ran a 4.4-second 40-yard dash at the most recent NFL Scouting Combine. He also showcased a 35-inch vertical and threw up 21 reps on the bench press.

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In Taylor, Philly gets an all-world former track star with a burst. He can play sideline to sideline. He may be a relative unknown to “Birds” fans now, but stay tuned. This could be a guy that Eagles fans grow to love in the coming months.