Displays good bend in his lower half, is flexible enough to sit into his stance off the football and knows how to generate leverage for himself on contact. Works his hands well in order to maintain position, but isn't real physical or heavy handed. Struggled to stay on blocks through the play, lacks length and routinely gets himself overextended into contact and can be easily disengaged from in both the run and pass game.
Doesn't generate much pop off the snap for himself as an in-line guy and isn't a lineman who is going to drive another off the line in the NFL. Doesn't display much of a punch in the pass game, as he is more of a catcher who needs to work his hands and feet in order to stay on blocks, but isn't quite athletic enough to consistently mirror and routinely is shed through contact.
Impression: A tough kid who plays up to his abilities. But he just isn't real physical or long and doesn't have the type of skill set you can routinely win with at an NFL level."
2009 - Saw action in three games, starting twice (Oregon St., Washington) at right guard ... Appeared at center late in the opener against San Diego St. ... Started at right guard at Oregon St. and played the entire game ... Also played the entire game against Washington ... Suffered a sprained foot late in that contest and did not see action in the last four games of the season.
JUNIOR COLLEGE - Member of the SuperPrep Juco 100 (No. 76) as a redshirt sophomore ... Named first-team All-Conference ...Earned three stars from scout.com and two stars from rivals.com ... Named second-team All-Conference as a redshirt freshman in 2007 ... Redshirted in 2006.
HIGH SCHOOL - Lettered two years in football at Denison (TX) High School ... District Offensive Player of Year and first-team All-District and All-County as a senior in 2006 (injured as a junior) ... Also earned two letters in baseball and was selected first-team All-District and All-County twice.
PERSONAL - Full Name: Ryan Dee Taylor ... Born: August 29, 1988 in Denison, TX ... Parents: Randy and Karen Taylor ... One brother, Jordan ... Patterns his style of play after NFL star Orlando Pace ... Hobbies include spending time with friends and family and being outdoors (hunting, fishing and camping) ... Director's Honor Roll in Winter 2010 ... History major.
Strengths: Quick initially off the snap to get into defender. Good hand placement on the defender, as he can seal defender at the POA well. Plays with good leverage. Has the awareness in the running game to peel off blocks and make a block at the second level. Sticks on his blocks. Good lateral quickness and speed to get out into space as a puller.
Weaknesses: Not the strongest player around. Doesn't have the strength to move defenders off the LOS. Ends up on the ground too often in space, as lacks the balance to make blocks. A little late at times to react to stunts and blitzes. Will struggle in pass pro against strong bull rushers, as he lacks the ability to anchor.
Projection: UDFA who'll have a chance to compete for a roster spot or a spot on a practice squad."