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2021 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Vaughn Taylor, DE, Morehead State University

Vaughn Taylor Morehead State
Morehead State’s Edge Rusher Vaughn Taylor made the Pioneer League First Team with 18 TFL in 2019. He recently sat down with Draft Diamonds writer Jimmy Williams.
  • Name: Vaughn Taylor
  • Height: 6’3”
  • Weight: 245 lbs
  • Position: DE
  • College: Morehead State University
  • Twitter: @V_Taylor17

Tell us about your university/college. Did you participate in any other activities or campus organizations other than football?

Morehead State is a small university located in Morehead, Kentucky with a student population of about 9,400. Outside of football, I currently am not a part of any other campus organizations.

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

My teammates would say my best quality is my work ethic.

What kind of role do you see yourself in on the team? What scheme and/or position suits your skill set?

I see myself as both a pass rusher and dominant run stopper. In my opinion, I feel that playing with my hand in the ground suits me best but I am also capable of standing up and dropping into coverage.

Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?

Justice Hill

Which one of your teammates impresses you the most?

My quarterback Mark Pappas impresses me the most.

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Describe a time in your life when you were able to overcome a struggle.

Coming out of high school when I originally attended the University of Kansas I was able to play in a few games as a true freshman despite being one of the last players to arrive on campus and battling an MCL injury. 

If you didn’t play football, what other sport would you play?

If I didn’t play football I would probably play basketball.

What is something that you are most proud of? What would you say is your biggest achievement?

Something that I am most proud of is being inducted into my middle school’s football Hall of Fame. My biggest achievement to date would be graduating 4th in my highschool class.

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Describe one of the most memorable plays of your collegiate career.

One of my most memorable plays would be my first collegiate sack against Butler University. I stemmed down to a 3 technique and was able to penetrate the B gap before the QB could take his drop. 

Do you have a favorite athlete or professional team? Is there a player that you model your game after?

My favorite professional team is the Dallas Cowboys. I watch and pick up things from a lot of different defensive ends but I would say I pick up a lot from Jadaveon Clowney. 

Who is your favorite music artist? What gets you pumped before a game?

I don’t have a favorite music artist at the moment but before games I listen to a lot of different genres of music including hip hop and gospel.

What is your favorite comfort food?

My favorite comfort food would be lemon pepper wings from WingStop.

Do you have a favorite movie or actor?

My favorite movie is Drumline

What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies? Any secret talents?

In my spare time, I watch a lot of youtube and play video games. I also play a West African instrument called the Djembe for two different companies.

Who or what motivates you the most?

My biggest motivation has recently become my uncle. He recently passed a way but before he passed we always talked about me making it to the next level after college, and I plan on keeping my word.

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