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2016 NFL Draft: Player Profiles – Taylor Decker

Offensive Tackle, Ohio State6,7 - 310 pounds40 yd dash: 5.23


Offensive Tackle, Ohio State 6,7 – 310 pounds

40 yd dash: 5.23Bench Press: 22 reps
Vertical Jump: 25.5 inch3 cone drill: 7.70
Broad Jump: 8ft 5 inch20yd shuttle: 4.76

  Decker is not expected to wait too long in the green room on Thursday as there are plenty of teams who could use help at offensive tackle this year. Decker is a 3 year starter for the Buckeyes, spending his sophomore season at right tackle before moving to the left side. While Decker’s effectiveness for the Buckeyes has been impressive there are question marks about how much is down to him. He has played with exclusively big and mobile quarterbacks, guys who can escape pressure and shrug off would-be sacks. That can cover up a few of his deficiencies in pass protection but scrambling quarterbacks can also cause problems for blockers as their angles can get ruined by a quarterback not being where the blocker thinks they are. Decker coped with his scrambling quarterbacks well but where he can have issues is against elite speed. While Decker’s frame makes for an imposing figure and good reach he can get into trouble against rushers who have a good bend. However Decker does not really have any glaring weaknesses to his game. He can be a nasty run blocker and has a good knee bend to help minimize the negatives of his height. His big game experience with Ohio State’s championship run in 2014 is a bonus for teams. While Decker’s game lacks holes it doesn’t have any sensational traits, which keeps him from being a truly elite prospect. His occasional struggles with pass protection means it is likely that Decker will end up as a right tackle in the NFL, but with teams like Detroit, Indianapolis and Tennessee in need of a fresh face. Buffalo have had a Decker in for a private visit and the Lions have had him in for a workout – Decker probably won’t make it past those teams who pick in the late teens.

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Toby Durant

A passionate and opinionated writer, I am currently the NFL editor for RealSport. However, I also contribute to F1, WWE, Football, and other sections of the site, and I have covered the NFL International Series for RealSport and previously contributed to SB Nation.

 

I also have 10 years playing and coaching experience in American football, starting at the University of Nottingham and including a stint as defensive coordinator at Oxford Brookes University. I may be a Patriots fan but all aspects of the sport interest me, from guard play to special teams.

2016 NFL Draft: Player Profiles – Taylor Decker

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