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Gators OT Jawaan Taylor won’t work out at Scouting Combine

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Bryan Lynn-USA TODAY Sports

One of the premier offensive lineman in the upcoming NFL Draft, and arguably the player who’s going to be picked the highest out of any of the state schools, will not participate in the upcoming NFL Scouting Combine later this week.

This news came in the form of an announcement from Florida offensive tackle Jawaan Taylor and famed orthopedist, Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Alabama.

Taylor Representatives circulated a letter from Andrews to the media on Monday morning:

It is not uncommon for players to not physically work out at the Scouting Combine, while still participating in the team interview process. It is interesting that Taylor’s representatives felt it necessary to have the excused absence with the doctor’s note publicized about his hamstring vs. just telling the teams/media the reason.

We wrote earlier this month that Taylor appears to be a lock as a first-round pick, and could go as high as the top 10 in the upcoming draft. Further both the Buccaneers picking fifth and the Jaguars picking seventh may be very interested in bolstering their offensive line with the man who started, as a true freshman in Gainesville in 2016 and became one of the top offensive linemen in the SEC by his junior year last season.

He further showed versatility in his sophomore season starting 9 times at right tackle, but playing the final two games that season at left tackle. This will only help in his evaluation, as he has the potential to be play the more lucrative position protecting quarterbacks blindsides in the NFL.

It’s that versatility that has some prominent draft analysts and observers already alerting everyone that it’s not going to take long to call Taylor’s name on night one of the upcoming draft.

Our colleagues at the Draft Network did just this in January after their tape evaluation and own scouting criteria show them that Taylor will be an early selection.

Taylor will obviously have the opportunity to work out individually for teams on the Florida Gators “Pro Day” and, if he schedules other private workouts for teams before the draft takes place in April.

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