Taylor Rapp

Position: Safety

College: Washington

Height: 6'0"

Weight: 215 lbs

SCOUTING GRADE

7.45

Injury History: 2018: Hip (Missed Rose Bowl)

Games Evaluated: 2018: Utah, Arizona St., Auburn, Colorado

Scout: Cody Manning

Scouting Report

Athleticism: 7.22

Q.A.B./C.O.D.: 7.25

Very quick in small space and does a great job at moving his body laterally around the field.

Flexibility: 7.15

He does a good job at getting under blocker's pads and keeping his balance to fight them off.

Deep Speed: 6.50

He does lose his speed the deeper routes go which allows separation to occur on him.

Explosion: 7.85

He has the ability to fly up the field to fill gaps or disrupt plays. Excels in the box with it.

Coordination: 7.35

He keeps his balance and showed he can use pass rush moves to get after the quarterback.

Coverage Ability: 7.48

Man Press: 7.45

He can come up to the receiver and mirror his body so he can cover them in short distances.

Man Off: 7.00

He will keep his man in front as long as he can so he doesn't lose him in deeper routes.

Zone: 7.85

He does a great job at controlling his zone and understands where he is responsible to cover.

Hand Fighting: 7.15

He doesn't back down from anyone and will make it difficult on his man to make the catch.

Hips/Turn Ability: 7.95

His lateral movement is impressive and he is fluid when turning his hips to run with his man.

Play Making: 6.92

Closing Quickness: 7.50

Quickness in small space is outstanding but can struggle if there is a lot of space to close.

Ball skills: 6.25

Not much of a playmaker. He looks to make sure the play is ended with a tackle over PD/INT.

Route/play Diagnosis: 7.00

He does a solid job at putting himself in position to be around his man when the throw is made.

Run Support: 7.63

Quickness Upfield: 7.65

He can fly up the field and close gaps quickly. He can breeze past big and slow lineman.

Fight Through Blocks: 7.25

He doesn't back down and will put up an effort to get through anyone that is looking to block him.

Tackling: 8.00

He is a sure tackler and brings players down with ease. Love how he breaks down to tackle.

Competitiveness: 7.87

Toughness: 7.85

He gives his best every play regardless of his limitations. He isn't afraid of anyone on the field.

Production: 7.75

39 games. 168 tackles (103 solo), 8.5 tackles for loss, 6 sacks, 7 int, 6 PD, 3 FR, 2 FF

Consistency/Motor: 8.00

He brings it every game, looks to finish plays if he is near by, and doesn't lay back on hits.

Intelligence: 7.55

Instincts: 7.50

He does a good job at reading player's bodies and understanding how to react to them.

Learn/Retain: 7.65

Understands his role and what it takes to get the job done. He looks in position constantly.

Teamwork: 7.50

Good communicator. He gets any pre snap adjustments across the secondary in on time.

STRENGTHS:

He is a player that understands what it takes to get his job done. He is effective in coverage because in man he can line up across his man, flip his hips, and mirror his body with the receiver. His lateral movement allows him to move across the field with ease as he trails their hips. His initial quickness in small space allows him to control his area in zone coverage. It also helps him in run support or when sent on well-timed blitzes. He has great tackling form and rarely misses a tackle.

WEAKNESSES:

He isn't the most athletic safety so he could be dependent on which scheme he is drafted for. He does struggle with the deep ball as he can struggle keeping his speed up the longer that routes continue to stretch. He isn't much of a playmaker as he looks to make sure he is going to make the tackle over attempting to get in a passing lane for a deflection or interception. I do have my worries that the next level speed could be too much if he gets lost in space too much. He needs to be used to his abilities.

BIG PICTURE:

Rapp has the potential to be a starter at the next level because of his instincts and ability to help control small spaces on the field. He can play press or off man coverage, he does a great job at flipping his hips or moving his body laterally so he can mimic the route his man is running. In zone he uses his speed to his advantage as he can explode in the direction, he wants to go make a tackle. His tackling is impressive as he will break down, gets wide, explodes his body through the ball carrier to wrap them up and bring them to the ground. He rarely gives up any broken tackles and can be depended on to bring the runner down in the open field. I do believe he could be scheme dependent as he is more effective in the box over playing deep as a safety. A team that drafts him should be looking for a safety that can help in run support, be sent on blitzes, man coverage, and short to intermediate zone coverages. As a rookie, he can come in and fill that role on a defense. He is a get the job done type of a player. He will go out and do what it takes to help his team win. He doesn't have a high ceiling as a player but if he can continue to develop and finds the right fit then by his third season, he could be a Pro Bowler. He can be a long-term solution for a team's secondary and a key leader for their defensive unit.

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