Ole Miss Football: Early Projections For Rebels In The 2018 NFL Draft

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Rod Taylor, OL

In his four years at Ole Miss Rod Taylor became a very important piece to two different fast-paced offenses. Both offenses were very successful because of talented big men across the front. Of course, Taylor was a key piece in one of the largest offensive fronts in the nation. Taylor fit the part of the OL in those offenses and can certainly handle the NFL. Taylor has the size to play in the NFL but the question for many is where?

Rod Taylor attended the 2018 NFL Combine and performed well in all of his events. Taylor was graded out at 5.00. NFL scouts have noted some strengths which Taylor possesses which would make him a bargain for an NFL team in the later rounds. However, there are also deficiencies which hurt Taylor. Taylor is fast and moves well on his feet, but lacks the size to be a full-time tackle on the outside. Taylor did start a number of games at guard for the Rebels prior to the 2017 season which could help him land a decent spot in the 2018 NFL Draft.

While we’ll be hearing more about the final projections as we move closer to draft day, there are already some feelers out there. One ranking had Taylor ranked as the No.26 offensive lineman available in the draft. There are a lot of offensive linemen available and they are in many cases more high-profile. Taylor is being projected by most scouts as going in the late 7th round to an un-drafted free agent. However, we believe because of his combine he may go much higher.

Projected Round: Early 6th