In step with NFL.com Draft Expert Lance Zierlein, the Indianapolis Colts had one amongst his ‘three well-liked picks by round’ by deciding on Wisconsin running support Jonathan Taylor with the 41st overall procure in the 2d round of the 2020 NFL Draft:
Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin
Drafted: No. 41 overall, Indianapolis Colts
When the Colts are at their best, they are taking half in “bully ball” with a speeding attack that’s getting downhill in the support of a fortified offensive line. The bottom-and-pound philosophy must purchase in the NFL provided the roster is dazzling. The Colts can utilize Taylor and Marlon Mack in a work-fragment program that enables every backs to characteristic with the an major energy ranges to gash defenses in the fourth quarter.
The junior running support rushed for 2,003 speeding yards on 320 carries (6.3 ypc. avg.) and 21 speeding touchdowns throughout 14 begins this past season. He additionally had 26 receptions for 252 receiving yards (9.7 ypr. avg.) and 5 touchdown receptions in 2019.
Taylor earned unanimous First-Crew All-American, All-Worthy Ten First-Crew, and Worthy Ten Running Lend a hand of the 365 days honors—and became as soon as additionally a Doak Walker award recipient.
He rushed for over 2,000 yards in support-to-support seasons for the Badgers.
This season, the Colts concept on forming a ‘1-2 punch’ with closing 365 days’s 1,000 yard rusher Marlon Mack and Taylor of their backfield splitting carries—every as bonafide bellcows.
However, having flee a 4.39 forty time at 5’10”, 226 pounds, Taylor straight away turns into the Colts’ best athlete at running support, and it wouldn’t be horrible to gaze him in the end turn out to be the extra featured workhorse of the two backs.
He usually showcases his combination of bustle, energy, and yards after contact ability—matched with every his imaginative and prescient and patience:
While aloof growing, Taylor’s proven enhance as a circulation catcher, and he’ll must improve his ball security somewhat—though every of his ‘deficiencies’ are overblown.
As it stands, the Colts will must safe a extraordinarily out of the ordinary energy running sport with every Taylor and Mack anchoring their backfield. It’s not laborious to safe a flash-ahead of Quenton Nelson pancaking a linebacker, while Taylor shoots esteem a cannon ball in the support of him thru an open crease along with his eyes on the tip zone. Factual luck catching that freight prepare.
The Colts “1-2 punch” will enable the offense to procure every running backs contemporary unhurried in games and additionally throughout the stretch flee of the abnormal season—and doubtlessly for a deep playoff flee.
Simply said, Taylor is an athletic freak—with a nice looking energy, bustle combination, who’s been extremely productive. He’s additionally said to be very intellectual and well mannered—having already referred to his future initiating quarterback as ‘Mr. Rivers’.
With Mack a free agent at next 365 days’s discontinue, the surprise wasn’t that the Colts took a running support early on, but excellent that it came a 365 days earlier than in the initiating expected.
That being said, Taylor appears esteem a pure match of their zone blockading plan, appears esteem he could additionally’ve very simply been a unhurried first round procure (and can safe slid), and could effectively be a greater match than any support the Colts could additionally’ve reasonably found in next 365 days’s draft class, so why wait?
He’s your total bundle at running support—as a dynamic, future every down workhorse.
He became as soon as a seriously horrible, yet very sound procure for the Colts.
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