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Taylor Decker Selected 16th Overall in The 2016 NFL Draft

NFL: Taylor Decker

With the 16th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft the Detroit Lions have selected Tackle/Guard Taylor Decker from the Ohio State University.

Standing 6’7″ and weighing in at 310 pounds, this 21-year-old comes into the NFL after finishing an illustrious career with the Buckeyes. He was a four-star recruit coming out of Vandalia,Ohio. He saw game action in his Freshman year, playing in 12 games. Decker earned the right tackle spot in his sophmore year and started all 14 games. He moved over to the left tackle spot once Jack Mewhort graduated and thrived in his junior year, starting 15 games for the National Champion Buckeyes. He earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors. He returned for his senior season and started every game (13), earning him the Rimington-Pace Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year award, First Team All-Big Ten and All-American honors.

Taylor has good core strength and is a natural pass blocker. He is excellent in using his hands to keep defenders at bay. He’s a sturdy anchor who rarely gets beat by speed edge rushers. Decker is a physical drive blocker and excels in blocking on the second level. He could jump in at guard for a NFL team as well.

The only knocks on him are his naturally tall pad level and has snaps where he is asleep and misjudges the defender. Taylor needs to do a better job of his recognition of pre-snap reads. He can be fooled by delayed pressure.

Decker was a three-year starter and hasn’t missed one game. That kind of stability is something that NFL cogs covet. He has a can-do attitude and will fit in nicely with a group of veterans on the next level. He is a draft-day steal.

Taylor is sound at the point of attack and will thrive on the next level.  He has potential to succeed with the Lions and should be an immediate help as a Tackle or Guard.

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