Only one member of the Arizona Wildcats was invited to the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, but that lone representative put up some solid numbers in a series of on-field drills.
Running back J.J. Taylor got his chance to show his stuff on Friday, attempting to get pro scouts to overlook his small—he was officially measured at 5’5.25” and 185 pounds on Tuesday—stature.
Here are Taylor’s results, courtesy of NFL.com.
- 40-yard dash: 4.61 seconds
- Bench press: 19 reps
- Vertical jump: 34.5 inches
- Broad jump: 118.0 inches
- 3-cone drill: 7.0 seconds
- 20-yard shuttle: 4.15 seconds
Taylor had the second-best time among running backs in the 20-yard shuttle run and the third-best time in the 3-cone drill, while his 19 reps in the bench press were tied for 12th-best. He was just outside the top 15 among rushers in the 40-yard dash, vertical jump and broad jump.
Taylor, who ran for 3,263 yards at Arizona from 2016-19, is not listed on any current mock drafts, but this performance could help his cause.
NFL.com gives him a draft grade of 5.5, which equates to a prospect making the last few spots on a roster or a practice squad, with analyst Lance Zierlein saying this about Taylor:
“Short but stout runner whose running style is more power back than water bug. Taylor has been a productive college back who runs decisively both inside and outside, but does not have the burst or wiggle teams are looking for from smaller runners. His size is a hindrance but he might have an outside shot if he can rebrand as a matchup pass catcher out of the backfield.”
Taylor had 32 catches for 289 yards in 2019.
JJ Taylor - 19 reps pic.twitter.com/bFVIi4gBfj— Garret Price (@DynastyPrice) February 27, 2020
@Cen10Football getting love from the announcers at the combine. Haven’t heard any other HS mentioned. pic.twitter.com/zBMRVuHj5u— Camron Pitcher Sr. (@Capitch44) February 29, 2020
JJ Taylor— SUSPENDED AGAIN (@FTBeard1) February 29, 2020
Patrick Taylor Jr
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D'Andre Swift - Georgia— SUSPENDED AGAIN (@FTBeard1) February 29, 2020
J.J. Taylor - Arizona
and Jonathan Taylor - Wisconsin pic.twitter.com/jexIADpdTm