I had a chance to chat it up with Buzz Breeden, the editor over at Death Valley Voice (an LSU fan site), to get his thoughts on Chargers recent draft pick SS Brandon Taylor. Here is what he had to say:
What is your scouting report on Brandon?
Here is what I wrote in our ore-draft preview.
Brandon Taylor- Don’t know if he has far to go to reach his ceiling, but I agree with Drew about his leadership. For the last two years Taylor was the anchor to the secondary and even though he wasn’t the most talented, he made sure that all of those players were in the right position to show off their talent. He will bring depth to any defense and special teams unit.
In short, he can play the run just as good as mark Barron, but don’t expect much in the passing game. He was regulated on only covering running backs and non-NFL caliber tight-ends.
With some coaching obviously he can improve his coverage still.
Because of his quiet leadership skills, the chargers just picked up a few more fans in Louisiana.
Did he ever have a nickname in college?
No nickname, but he did earn the honor of wearing number 18. A tradition started by Jacob Hester
What is this number 18 tradition?
In short Hester took the number his freshman year and wore it during his entire career. He wasn’t the most athletic guy, but his leadership and shear determination helped him become a fan favorite.
Once Hester left, tight end Richard Dickson took the number and he had the similar traits like Hester.
In 2010, senior reserve tailback Richard Murphy wore the number and last year Taylor became the first defensive play to sport it.
Number 18 represents not the most talented player, but the most respected. Think of it like this, instead of having a C on his shoulder, he wears 18.
Brandon Taylor will be competing for the starting job with Atari Bigby and Darrell Stuckey. It should be one of the best competitions in camp. The starting job is up in the air and whoever is the hungriest will win it. Who do you want to win the starting safety job?