Western Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Moton is making his off-season push and rising up draft boards.
School: Western Michigan Ht: 6-5 Wt: 319
Moton is a well put together, broad shouldered athlete with a wide base and thick bubble. He has long arms and is flexible in and out of his coil to rely on his extension. Posseses a strong upper body and vice-grip hands to manipulate movement as a run blocker. Drives his feet though contact and is able to create movement in the run game. He has the flexibility and athleticism to recover quickly. Moton has the feet to get outside defenders and seal the edge. Does a solid job on combo and scoop blocks to knock linemen off balance before moving to the second level to take away the linebacker. Comfortable on his feet in space and locates his target well. High-character both on and off the field — multiple Academic All-MAC honors in his career. Durable and reliable with a school-record 52 starts on his resume, primarily at right tackle, but also a full season inside at right guard — voted a senior captain.
Moton has a tendency to bend at the waist too often, but shows the ability to bend at the knees. He dropped weight for the combine, so it must be seen if that will impact his functional strength on the field. A bit laboring in his kickslide, making him susceptible to inside moves. His hands are strong, but he must get better with hand placement and hand fighting.Lowers his head upon contact and will slip off blocks. Gets out of control on the second level and winds up on the ground too much.
Moton is a big-bodied, well put together athlete who can move bodies in the run game due to his raw power and ability to finish. He is an astute player in pass protection with adequate length, but very raw with his hand technique (timing, maneuverability and placement), often lunging, grabbing and losing his balance. He was able to get away with that in college, but must sharpen these skills in the NFL. Moton isn’t a flawless prospect, but most of his issues are fixable with coaching.
Late Round 1 – Early Round 2