Philadelphia Eagles: 3 Reasons to move Davion Taylor from LB to safety

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2. All of the physical traits say that he’s a natural NFL safety.

At the most recent NFL Scouting Combine, Taylor ran a 4.49-second 40. Before that, he threw up 21 reps on the bench press, and he showcased a 35-inch vertical. He had a nice workout that demonstrated that all of the athleticism that we saw at the collegiate level is very capable of translating to the professional level.

He’s six-feet tall, and he weighs 228 pounds. Based on his physical frame and the weigh he carries himself, he looks more like an NFL Safety than a small linebacker. From an athletic standpoint and based on the fact that Lance Zierlein gave him a pre-draft grade of 6.18 in his draft profile (that means he could develop into a starter over the next two seasons), everything states that he could play close to the line of scrimmage or in the backend of Philly’s defense if they move on from Rodney McLeod in the future. It also states that he can step in and be a nice rotational player right now

We’ve been using Philly’s fourth-round selection, K’Von Wallace’s name, in conjunction with Brian Dawkins based on that Clemson Tigers connection, but based on the eyeball test, Taylor could cover more ground and be this team’s future starter at free safety.