Courtney Taylor was on his way to big things after an impressive freshman season that saw him earn Frosh AA honors after hauling in 34 passes for 379 yards. He followed that up with a great sophomore campaign in which he grabbed 43 balls for 737 yards and six touchdowns. Taylor entered his junior season with big time expectations and the possibility of declaring for the NFL Draft, but that all changed in the third game. He injured his ankle and wasn’t the same the rest of the season. Between missing some time and being hampered when he did play, Taylor only managed to bring in 22 receptions for 278 yards and a touchdown. He ended his senior season as the clubs leading receiver, hauling in 48 receptions for 634 yards and two touchdowns.
Taylor is a very determined football player. He throws his body around and is not afraid of anyone on the football field. He is great at making plays over the middle of the field and will take a hit and hold on to the football. He is not just a possession receiver though. He is a very good athlete and can get vertical, but also make things happen after the catch. Taylor is a player that will do whatever you ask of him, and will make the most out of every play that comes his way.
Physically, Taylor doesn’t have one true standout trait. He does not lack anything, but he doesn’t have the great size or speed that screams NFL star. He will need to prove that the ankle injury that had him limp through his junior season is a thing of the past.
Courtney Taylor may not be a guy who you see and automatically think he’s going to be a star. When at full strength though, you see a player that can make plays all over the field and will show up on every play. Taylor could be a steal on Day Two of the draft.