RB Stepfan Taylor, Stanford


Cardinals, 5th round. Stanford: Below-average height but solid bulk. Below-average hand size.

Positives: Above-average change-of-direction ability. Lowers shoulder well for extra yards. Above-average vision. Patient and lets blocks develop. Above-average power. Hard runner and tough to bring down. Nimble on sidelines. Feet keep churning in short yardage and knees come up high — looks like Roger Craig at times. Good quickness and stop-and-start ability. Protects ball through the line. Has become more decisive over college career. Consistently very good second effort.

Negatives: Lacks ideal size. Below-average track speed. Below-average upper-body strength. Doesn’t wow you with athleticism.

Projection: Doesn’t do anything well enough to excel in the league, but has enough of the right qualities — quickness, power, vision, hands — to make him a pretty effective NFL back. On Cardinals won’t supplant Rashard Mendenhall or Ryan Williams outside of injury, but should make a role for himself as their 3rd-down back. Draft as a 2013 RB4 with RB2 upside.

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