Phil Taylor (American football)
Taylor at a Browns preseason game in 2014.
|No. 98 Cleveland Browns|
|Date of birth:||April 7, 1988|
|Place of birth:||Clinton, Maryland|
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||335 lb (152 kg)|
|High school:||Brandywine (MD) Gwynn Park|
|NFL draft:||2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 21|
|Career highlights and awards|
Career NFL statistics as of Week 10, 2014
Stats at NFL.com
Phillip Eugene Taylor (born April 7, 1988) is an American football nose tackle for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League. He was drafted 21st overall in the 2011 NFL Draft. He played college football at Penn State and Baylor.
High school career
A native of Clinton, Maryland, Taylor attended Gwynn Park High School, where he was a two-way lineman for head coach Dan Hayes. In his junior year, he was credited with 30 pancake blocks along offensive line. As a senior, he registered 77 tackles with 10 sacks, earning first-team all-state and Washington Post first-team all-metro honors.
Regarded as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Taylor was ranked as the No. 11 defensive tackle in the nation, in a class highlighted by Gerald McCoy and Al Woods. Taylor took official visits to Maryland and Penn State only, despite also holding offers by Florida, Ohio State, and Virginia Tech, among others. In January 2006, Taylor committed to Penn State.
After sitting out the first half of his true freshman year at Penn State, Taylor made his collegiate debut against Michigan and went on to play the season's final seven games for the Nittany Lions. In his sophomore year, he sustained a knee injury during preseason drills but still managed to play 12 games on the season, starting the Nittany Lions' final five games. He was credited with 20 tackles, 12 solo efforts, with 6.5 tackles for loss resulting in loss of 26 yards. He also tallied 3.0 sacks, good for loss of 18 yards, and recovered two fumbles. His finale game for Penn State came at the Alamo Bowl against Texas A&M with five-tackle performance that included one tackle for loss.
In October 2007, Taylor was among several Nittany Lions involved in a brawl during a fraternity party at HUB–Robeson Center. He pleaded guilty to a disorderly conduct misdemeanor, and was put on probation by Joe Paterno. In the summer of 2008, Taylor and Chris Baker were involved in a minor pool party fracas, which resulted in both being ejected from the team. Taylor eventually transferred to Baylor in September 2008 and sat out the season in compliance with NCAA Division I transfer policy.
As a junior in 2009, Taylor earned his first Baylor letter, playing all 12 games and started nine. For the season, he totaled 25 tackles (2.5 for loss), an assisted sack, five QB hurries, two blocked kicks and one interception, despite battling a “turf toe” injury through the middle portion of the season. In May 2010, Taylor spent two weeks in Nairobi on a sports mission trip to Kenya with other Baylor athletes. He entered his senior year having shed almost 30 pounds, and started all 13 games at nose guard. He totaled 62 tackles (35 solo)—the most by a Baylor interior lineman since Ethan Kelley in 2002—, seven for loss including two sacks, three QB hurries, two pass breakups and one forced fumble. In his final college career game, the Texas Bowl against Illinois, Taylor had a career-high 10 tackles.
2011 NFL Draft
For his physical abilities, Taylor was projected a safe first-round selection in the 2011 NFL Draft. He was drafted 21st overall by the Cleveland Browns. Taylor was the highest-selected Baylor defensive tackle since Daryl Gardener in 1996.
|Ht||Wt||Arm length||Hand size||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 3 in||334 lb||34 in||10¾ in||5.14 s||4.77 s||7.75 s||29½ in||31 reps|
|All values from 2011 NFL Scouting Combine.|
After only a four-day holdout, Taylor signed a four-year contract worth $8.1 million. During his rookie season, Taylor started every game and finished the season with 59 tackles, 4 sacks, and a forced fumble. Taylor was a major standout in his rookie season, outperforming higher picks of the same position such as Nick Fairley and Corey Liuget.
- "Fall 2005 High School All-Met". Washington Post. 2005.
- "Troubled at Penn Sate, Taylor thrives at Baylor". Philadelphia Inquirer. January 27, 2011.
- "Former Gwynn Park lineman to transfer from Penn St.". Maryland Community News. August 7, 2008.
- "Mission trip to Kenya inspires Baylor's Phil Taylor". Dallas Morning-News. December 27, 2010.
- "NFL draft expert: Baylor's Phil Taylor will be selected between picks 21 and 32". Dallas Morning-News. March 29, 2011.
- "Top pick Phil Taylor signs four-year deal: Browns Insider". Cleveland Plain Dealer. August 2, 2011.
- "2011 All-Rookie team". Pro Football Weekly. January 18, 2012.
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