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Player Interview: Wide Receiver Tyrian Taylor

Tyrian Taylor; Wide Receiver at New Mexico State University. Raul X. Ruiz-Rooney via flickr

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Player Interview: Wide Receiver Tyrian Taylor


TSJ Sports had the opportunity to interview Wide Receiver Tyrian Taylor from New Mexico State University, while he prepares for the upcoming 2017 NFL Draft. The New Mexico State Aggies play in the Sun Belt Conference.

Taylor began his football journey at Lindenwood University in St Charles, Missouri. Out of high school, he was not recruited by virtually any schools. Ellsworth Community College noticed his play-making ability and offered him a scholarship after just one year. A 1000 yard, 10 touchdown season followed. As a result, he was named a second-team All American.

NMSU is where Taylor really showcased his explosiveness. Taylor is a dynamic receiver who beats you in multiple ways. He is deceivingly athletic, despite his stature. At 5’8″, 165 pounds, Taylor displays a knack for getting open over the middle. A native of Florida, that classic Florida speed is consistently showcased. Two years in a row he led the team with 17 yards per catch. His junior year he amassed almost 700 yards receiving, while reeling in 4 touchdowns.

Taylor recently had an excellent showing at a NFL Regional Combine, running a 4.45 40-yard dash. Accompanied by a 4.08 shuttle, he displayed soft hands, and most of all crisp routes. At his pro day, he put up 17 reps on the bench, and had a 38′ vertical. Even though he fits the slot profile, Taylor excels on the outside. Between the numbers he knows how to find the holes in defenses, but can also be a deep threat.

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TSJ: Who were some of your role models growing up?

Tyrian: DeSean Jackson for sure, he is a lot like me. Short, but still has that explosiveness. I model my game a lot after him. I feel like my speed and agility make up for my height.

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TSJ: How was your transition from a Florida high school, to an Iowa Community College, to a New Mexico University?

Tyrian: Honestly, both transitions were smooth. At Ellsworth, things came naturally to me. At New Mexico State, I came in at the perfect time. They were installing a new offense, so that was perfect. I played in similar offenses before, which made it easy. The only difference was being on the west coast.

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TSJ: What role does your family play in your football career, and how has that impacted you?

Tyrian: They have always been my support system. Coming out of high school, nobody really recruited me. Things got hard, but they were always there for me. When I came to play at The Swamp, I had like 30 family members come to the game. My parents didn’t go to college or anything, which brought us closer because we didn’t know how the whole college thing worked. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be where I am today. They always tell me how proud of me they are, how far I have come.

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TSJ: Why do you think you were so underrated coming out of high school?

Tyrian: Well a lot of kids from Orlando blew up because of camps. I never had the time or money to travel to those. Mostly I feel like i just got overlooked because of my height and the camp thing. Central Connecticut State offered me out of high school, but i just felt like that wasn’t the place for me. I just trusted the process, and it worked out well for me.

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TSJ: When did you first start playing organized football?

Tyrian: I started playing when I was 6 years old for city league. My dad was one of the coaches there, so I benefited from that. Even though I lived with my mom, my dad taught me a lot outside of practice. I was always one of the fastest kids on the team, so that helped me out.

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TSJ: Who were the teams you wanted to play for coming out of high school?

Tyrian: Well, I got a Clemson letter once, and they wanted me to come up for a camp, but i couldn’t make it. I never had time to go to any of those junior days or anything like that. Other than them, I always liked Florida (UF), the idea of playing in the SEC. FSU too, my dad and aunt were always FSU fans. I went to an FIU camp as a senior, but that never really worked out.

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TSJ: What do you feel like some of your strengths and weaknesses are when it comes to your game?

Tyrian: In my opinion, I don’t feel like I have many weaknesses. People always want to talk about my height, but i make up for it with my power. I wouldn’t say I’m a perfect player, because there is always room for improvement. My speed and overall awareness of the game I would say are big strengths of mine. My work ethic as well. I never stop working and am always trying to find ways to improve. I’ve got soft hands, and I’m better in traffic than people think. Agility and quickness too, I get off the line faster than most guys. People say I’m a slot receiver because I’m short, but at New Mexico State I did most of my work outside.

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TSJ: What will an NFL team get from you as a player if they decide to bring you aboard?

Tyrian: I’m a team-player, first off. I don’t mind what they want me to do, I will do it. Special teams, Offense, Defense, whatever works. I outwork everyone else on the field and give 110% every play. I’ve come a long way to get here, and that makes me a stronger player. I can play slot, outside, or kickoff, I’m a complete overall player. My only concern is making the team better, I’m not out for stats. I just know whatever teams pass on me are missing out.

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TSJ: Have any teams reached out to you?

Tyrian: I received a call from the Cardinals after my combine. And the Jets reached out to me afterwards, just asking me some questions. I was invited to a Canadian Football League camp, which was surprising. Hopefully, more teams will call, as I get ready for the NFL draft.

 

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