Scouting Report: Taylor Moton
At Western Michigan Taylor Moton did not receive alot of attention from the scouting community. Western Michigan had an amazing year going undefeated, until the last game of the year against Wisconsin in the Cotton Bowl. Everybody began to rave about Corey Davis and the gem they had found in Kalamazoo, but they had forgotten to look a little deeper. Moton’s stock began to rise after an impressive Senior Bowl, and has continued after the combine. I just recently got into Moton’s tape and I was very impressed.
- Games Watched: Vs: Kent State, Vs Central Michigan, and Vs: Wisconsin.
- -Big Frame (6’5 320 pounds).
- -True Right Tackle.
- -Great footwork (nice rhythm).
- -Good at locating who he will block in pass and rush game.
- – Big frame keeps defenders in front of him
- – Weak leg drive in run block.
- -Slow to get his hands out does not usually initiate contact, lets defender come to him.
- -Can be bullied if does not put his hands out.
- – Competition level is questionable
- – Loses balance at times vs smaller/quicker pass rushers.
In the NFL:
Moton projects to be a day two pick, with first round up-side. Moton’s big frame and good footwork set a very solid base in which NFL teams will be very happy about. Moton might not be the sexy pick, but with a good OL coach who can teach him to use his hands and with some NFL experience, Moton could be one of the best tackles in the NFL. I believe that Moton is a plug and play RT that will just get better with experience. His strength lies in his pass pro but unless they ask him to drive defenders and go to the second level Moton should be just fine in the run game. In my last Scouting Report, I liked Kevin King because of his upside, but with Moton he has such a high floor that makes him a first rounder in my book.