49ers select La Tech WR Trent Taylor with pick 177


The 49ers select La Tech WR Trent Taylor with pick 177 (5th round)

School: La Tech Experience: Senior
Height: 5-8 Weight: 181
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It is best not to underestimate Taylor because of his lack of size. Only one FBS scholarship offer came his way because of his 5-foot-8, 178-pound frame, but Louisiana Tech has been the beneficiary of their foresight. The Shreveport product played as a true freshman despite his size, both as a receiver and on special teams (28-260, two TD; 6-53 punt returns). Taylor was a second-team All-Conference USA selection in 2014, becoming a focus in the passing game (64-834, nine TD) and making plays as a returner (22-168 on punts). He was a first-team all-conference pick as the team’s leading receiver his junior year, making 99 receptions (third-most in the FBS) for 1,282 yards and nine scores. Taylor again was a first-team All-C-USA player as senior, catching an incredible 136 throws in 14 games for the Bulldogs for a nation-leading 1,803 yards and 12 touchdowns. His reception total ranked only behind East Carolina receiver Zay Jones’ record-breaking 158 grabs. Taylor also returned punts his final two seasons (13-83 in 2015; 17-178 in 2016), a skill he’ll likely get a chance to show in the NFL.
Above-average instincts in space. Will leak a slant up the seam if he sees safety has vacated. Makes slight alterations to routes in order to work through traffic and get to his break-point. Creates aggressive leverage points to push defender out of the pattern before stemming. Efficient in his movement. Natural ball catcher with extremely low drop rate. Throws seem to just sink into his frame. Has necessary toughness to work over the middle Explodes upfield after the catch and has enough wiggle to shake initial tackler. Willing to drop his shoulder and lay into cornerbacks who want to challenge him. Prolific pass catcher with an abundance of confidence.
Falls below desired size requirements for the position. Small, thin frame. Extremely short arms limit his catch radius. Has trouble plucking high throws and requires increased accuracy from his quarterback. Will need to pick up pace of his routes as a pro. Could struggle to uncover quickly against NFL-caliber athletes with length. Can do better job of finding softer spots in zone coverage. Caught just 21 touchdowns over his last 308 targets. Will put ball on the ground during run-after-catch. Has seven career fumbles.

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