Taylor Hart – Defensive Tackle
Hart is a fifth year senior and a three year starter for the Ducks. He usually lines up as a 5-technique defensive end in their 3-4, but he has also played on the nose and even stands up some. Hart has adequate size at about 6’6 – 290. I would estimate his speed at about 5.00. He is an average athlete for the position, he has some tightness in his knees and hips, but he is tough and competitive. Hart is a snap to whistle player on EVERY down. I don’t like his stance. He plays from a crouched-up frog like stance that causes him to get a bit tall coming out of his stance. Still, he is strong at the point of attack and can use his hands to shed. He has good instincts and reactions and does a very good job finding the ball. Because of his competitiveness, there are times when he looks like there is no way he can make the play, but he ends up making it just out of desire. He plays double teams well and doesn’t get knocked off the ball. As a pass rusher, he is able to get a push with his strength, but he does not possess many moves and I haven’t seen much production. He is a very good pursuit player who consistently takes good angles to the ball.
I see Hart as a good rotational type player in a 3-4 defense. While he plays some nose in college, I don’t see him being able to do that at the next level. This is the type of backup defensive lineman that many teams want. He can give his team 20 -25 good snaps a game, and while he won’t start or be a star, he will be a quality rotational player. While he has some athletic limitations, he will still get better with experience. He is a solid mid-round pick who will play early.