In a shocking turn of events, former Florida Gator tackle Jawaan Taylor slid all the way out of the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Many fans and teams were expecting to hear Taylor’s name called at some point Thursday night, potentially as high top-10, however, Taylor never walked across the NFL Draft stage. There were four other offensive tackles including a guard and center chosen in the first round instead of Taylor.
The big right tackle from Florida could still be feeling the lingering effects of a hamstring injury that was diagnosed back in February. He was advised to not participate in any of the timed drills like the 40-yard dash or 5-10-5 drill, as well as the long and broad jump events.
Adam Schefter was the first to report the letter sent from orthopedist Dr. James Andrews that went to multiple NFL Organizations.
As a true freshman in Gainesville in 2016, Taylor 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 play the more lucrative position protecting quarterbacks blindsides in the NFL.
Taylor will look to hear his name called on Day 2 of the 2019 NFL Draft Friday night.