Colts Sign Undrafted CB Raymon Taylor
By Evan Reller
The Indianapolis Colts report to training camp this Saturday, but the team is still making roster moves. The team announced today that they have signed former University of Michigan cornerback Raymon Taylor.
Taylor was undrafted but worked out with the Houston Texans during minicamp and OTAs.
From the Colts.com’s bio announcement on Taylor:
"He appeared in 46 games (31 starts) at cornerback at the University of Michigan and finished with 171 tackles (122 solo), 2.5 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries, 16 passes defensed and six interceptions. In 2014, Taylor played in 10 games (eight starts) and registered 38 tackles (27 solo), 1.0 tackles for loss and six passes defensed. As a junior, he started 12-of-13 games, recording a team-high 86 tackles (61 solo) and finishing second on the team with four interceptions. Taylor also added 1.5 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks, one fumble recovery and nine passes defensed. He appeared in 13 games (11 starts) in 2012 and registered 45 tackles (33 solo), one fumble recovery, one pass defensed and two interceptions. Taylor played in 10 games as a true freshman and made two tackles (one solo) while also contributing on special teams."
Taylor has the skills to be a solid player in the NFL, but his size (5-9 and 185-pounds) leaves a bit to be desired. He is very good in zone coverage with his face towards the ball and shows a great burst when attempting to breakup or intercept a pass. He’s also a physical, and willing, tackler in run support (which can be rare in a corner).
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On the negative side, Taylor also doesn’t have great ball skills and can be indecisive at times. He also dealt with a leg injury all throughout his senior season.
Taylor translates to a fourth string corner in the NFL and is best suited to dime packages. He could be an effective special teams player due to his speed, but his size might lead to him being blocked out of plays easily.
Regardless, Taylor is a longshot to make the final roster and in all likelihood is just another camp body to get the Colts up to the 90-man roster for now.