Originally Posted by Mediator12
RB is NOT a speed position. That is a copout. Period. He plays faster than he times, and despite that and people lining up to stop him, he dominated at times with no real passing threat last year (See Oregon). I hate it when people use non football numbers to quantify draftees. Sure it does matter, his lack of speed will keep him from being the 1st back off the board.
However, remember TD and Emmit Smith also had Horrible combine numbers. With Smith, Johnson knew what he was getting and did not blink to take him in the first round. No one Knew about TD coming out, except he had durability issues. No one Knew about Morris last year either. He was not even in the top 30 RB's coming out, mainly due to his speed, or lack thereof and small school stature.
Tell me he can not impact in the NFL because of his speed. Seriously. I,ll show a ton of RB who did, despite their speed.
RB is NOT a speed position.
I play running back at the d-1 level, a position I've played my whole life. I know what it takes to play the position well and I've studied a lot of the great backs on tape. The problem with Taylor's lack of speed is that he isn't overly elusive or powerful. He's a jack of all trades, master of none- type.
Could he do well in the right system? Sure. That dude for the redskins isn't anything special, he just got put in the right system. Taylor may be decent in the manning offense, but I think lacy or bell would be better in the system.