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2016 NFL Draft: Lions pounce on Taylor Decker with 16th pick

Pick AnalysisThe Buckeyes invasion continues.  I’m on record as not being as big a fan of Decker as most, and think he’s lac


Pick Analysis

The Buckeyes invasion continues.  I’m on record as not being as big a fan of Decker as most, and think he’s lacking the skills deserving of a first round tackle.  He has length and composure, but plays with poor leverage, and allows easy pressures in pass pro, while failing to really show the aggression as a run blocker.  Still, the consensus is that he could be good, and he has ideal length and size.  He arguably better fits at right tackle, which is also the case for current left tackle Riley Reiff, so they will need to decide who goes on which side.  Stafford will be happy at least.

Player Analysis

After starting as a sophomore at right tackle in 2013, Decker has played at the left tackle spot the past two seasons, giving him 3 years of starting experience at a top program, including playing a role in the run to the National Championship in 2014.  He has an imposing and well-proportioned tall frame that the league is looking for.  The parts of Decker’s game that really stands out are his excellent agility for such a rangy guy, and how comfortable and composed he looks, never getting flustered.  Despite that, he is prone to being beaten too often and too easily by tricky quick-twitch pass rushers.  He doesn’t often give up sacks, but it could be argued that part of that is that he has always played with mobile quarterbacks such as Braxton Miller and J.T. Barrett whose ability to escape and avoid those pressures has somewhat disguised this flaw to a certain extent.  It’s quite possible that Decker will end up getting exposed as an NFL player in this area.  His height can also work against him a bit at times by playing a bit too high, losing the leverage battle.  In addition, as a run blocker, Decker doesn’t tend to get very physical and aggressive in his block attempts.  Decker’s game just seems a bit lacking all round, not really excelling in any area with too many questions to warrant a first round grade.  His NFL size, agility, and big game experience are certainly big positives though.

Grade B – 


2016 NFL Draft: Lions pounce on Taylor Decker with 16th pick

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