2020 NFL Mock Draft Status: Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor
Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor’s 2020 NFL Draft status is going to be an interesting thing to keep an eye on over the next few months.
Taylor established a reputation for himself early on as arguably the best running back in college football. Over the course of three seasons, he amassed 6,174 yards and 55 touchdowns while essentially putting the entire Badgers offense on his back.
Last week at the NFL Scouting Combine, Taylor continued to impress. Measuring in at 5-foot-11 and 226 pounds, he displayed the sort of athleticism and skill that made him such a standout at the collegiate level.
When it was all said and done, Taylor recorded a 4.39 40-yard dash time and the sort of skill set that would translate very well to the pro game.
All that being said, not everyone is convinced Taylor should be a top-tier draft pick this April.
According to Pro Football Focus, Taylor’s strong showing at the Combine may lead to teams making some bad decisions regarding his future.
It is not so much that Pro Football Focus believes that Taylor is a bad player, they just think drafting running backs too high in the draft is a bad idea no matter what.
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— PFF (@PFF) March 5, 2020
“When you look at all of these and you go okay, the one that’s going to have the biggest impact on a player that’s going to go either now way too high or way too low is who? I think it’s Jonathan Taylor,” Pro Football Focus noted.
“I think the entire league is sort of wising up to the fact that you shouldn’t take a running back in the first round and when you look at Taylor and when you watch Wisconsin, it just kind of looks slow.
“He might just move up 10 spots based upon what he did in Indianapolis.”
Will Taylor ultimately end up a first round draft pick? It remains to be seen. But the odds of it happening now are significantly higher than just two weeks ago.