PFF scouting report: Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
Below is the PFF draft profile for Ohio State OT Taylor Decker, which incorporates PFF’s college grades and scouting intel from our team of analysts. To see all of PFF’s 2016 scouting reports, click here.
Stat to know:
Fourth-highest run-blocking grade among tackles over the last two seasons. No. 41 pass-blocking efficiency in the draft class (96.8)
Arm length: 33 ¾”
Hand size: 10”
40-yard dash: 5.23 seconds
Broad jump: 8-5
Vertical jump*: 25.5”
Bench reps*: 22
3-cone drill: 7.70
20-yard shuttle: 4.76
*Performed at Pro Day
What he does best:
–Created some of the most movement of any OT in the class when he was able to lock in and drive on double teams.
–Blocking down the line of scrimmage is his bread and butter. Nice fit for a power- or inside zone-heavy team.
–Fluid mover. Pass sets are natural for him and he has no trouble getting depth versus speed rushers
–Looks and plays too tall for his own good. Hunched over in pass sets and that leads to his arms resting low, exposing his chest.
–Hands don’t have that latch on ability of others in the class. Rarely see him locking out his arms and turning defenders
–Never seems to gain control when forced to block on the move. Has average location ability on the move and at second level, but won’t get clean seals
Anthony Castonzo, Indianapolis Colts. Similar to Castonzo, I could see Decker taking his lumps in pass protection for a few years before he figures it out. I’m not sure Decker has quite the natural athleticism of Castonzo, and his ceiling may be lower.
There are a handful of warts in Decker’s game that keep him from the top group of tackles in this class. He profiles to a plus run defender, but that’s not what most teams want manning their blind side.