Scouting Report: Stanford's Stepfan Taylor

Stepfan Taylor
RB, Stanford
5-11, 208 lbs.

Inside Run
Hits the hole fast with quick feet and lateral movement to avoid people at the line of scrimmage. Has a great feel for cutback lanes at the 2nd level of defense.

Outside Run
Shows good speed and ability to turn the corner and burst into the secondary. Not a hesitant runner. Goes north/south quickly.

Power Run
Good strength in his lower half and body lean on contact. He can break multiple tackles due to his innate competitive style. Makes a lot of yards after initial contact.

Hands
Soft hands, can pluck the ball fast, tuck it away and burst upfield. Natural hands catcher. Productive as an outlet receiver/nickel RB.

Blocking
This player is a tough and hardnosed blocker in the backfield. He is smart and knows where the blitz is coming from. Will hit and follow through on blocks. Strong effort here.

Summary
Taylor is an impressive RB who is multi dimensional. He is very productive as both a runner and pass receiver. Runs with high effort, very good pad level and can make multiple defenders miss on a single play. Quick and shifty through the line of scrimmage. He is a natural vision runner with a great feel for creases and cutback lanes. Taylor is a big reason the Cardinal ground game is top notch. Has the prototype size desired for the next level. Has all the attributes the solid NFL starting RB's possess.

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Dave Razzano is a former NFL scout with more than 22 years of professional scouting experience with the San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals under NFL coaches Bill Walsh, George Seifert, Chuck Knox and Dick Vermeil. He's been a part of five Super Bowls with three Super Bowl wins (49ers, 1989, 1990; Rams, 2000).

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