Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Chargers' picks: Round 3/73 - Brandon Taylor, DB, 6-0, 195 LSU...The team didn't address this spot in free agency or in the first two rounds. So they traded up five spots to get Taylor, a key part of the Tigers' stingy defense. COULD SURPRISE: Strong safety Brandon Taylor: In Taylor, the Chargers get a hard-hitting, no-nonsense player from the SEC. Taylor played corner his first two seasons, so he needs how to cover. - The Sports Xchange
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Taylor, whose older brother Curtis was a defensive back for LSU and drafted in 2008, was a three-year starter at strong safety and wore the prestigious No. 18 jersey at LSU -- a recent tradition that goes to the player who most represents what it means to be a Tiger on and off the field. He has quick read/react skills and is at his best with the play in front of him, but he needs to do a better job securing tackles in space. Taylor plays fast with an attacking attitude, but he is tight in his movements and leaves some production on the field.
Positives: A well-put-together athlete with a strong build. Plays fast and flies to the ball with accurate angles. Does a nice job using his eyes to read and react quickly. Smart, disciplined defender who makes plays on the ball and contesting throws. Physical hitter and aggressive tackler with natural strength and good timing. Intense competitor and team leader who had 33 career starts at strong safety in the SEC.
Weaknesses: Possesses a bit of a narrow frame, has only average speed and lacks the fluid body type and hips to quickly change direction. Doesnít look comfortable in reverse and canít be trusted in man coverage on an island -- sloppy transition and not explosive. Overaggressive and will miss tackle attempts. Needs to do a better job breaking down in space and using proper technique. Suspect anticipation and ball skills.
A three-year starter at strong safety ... Voted one of five permanent team captains for LSU's SEC Championship and national runner-up team in 2011 ... Played in 49 games with 33 starts during his career with the Tigers ... Capped career with 160 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, 15 pass breakups and four interceptions ... One of the newest traditions at LSU is for the player that best represents what it means to be a Tiger - on and off the field - to wear No. 18 ... He was selected by Coach Miles and former No. 18s - Matt Mauck, Jacob Hester, Richard Dickson and Richard Murphy - to inherit that number as a senior in 2011 ... One of three members of his family to earn a football scholarship to LSU ... His brother Curtis played on LSU's national title team in 2007 and was drafted in the 2008 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers ... Another brother Jhyryn spent two years at LSU before transferring to a junior college in the spring of 2010.
Played and started in all 14 games as safety ... Ranked third on team in tackles with 71 ... Recorded two interceptions - at West Virginia and vs. Florida ... Earned four tackles, his first career sack and a career high tying two tackles for a loss at Ole Miss ... Posted five tackles, one tackle for loss and a pass breakup in road win over No. 2 Alabama ... Led the team with a career-high 10 tackles and one tackle for a loss at Tennessee ... Had one of the best games of his career as he led the team with seven tackles, posted two pass breakups and an interception in home win over Florida ... Recorded his third career interception and finished with five tackles and one pass breakup at West Virginia ... Tallied a then career-high nine tackles against Oregon in the season opener.
Started the first nine games and was forced to miss the rest of the season with an injury ... Ended his season with 44 tackles ... Injured his leg early against Alabama ... Racked up seven tackles and one PBU at Auburn ... Recorded five tackles and tackle for a loss at Florida ... Posted seven tackles, including 2.0 TFLs and one PBU against Tennessee ... Tallied two PBUs and three tackles versus West Virginia ... Set a career high with eight tackles against Mississippi State, including one TFL ... Registered five tackles, one pass breakup and a fumble recovery against North Carolina.
Played in all 13 games, starting 10 times .. Recorded 41 tackles and a pair of interceptions in 2009 ... Had big final game of 2009 with three tackles and pair of pass breakups against Penn State in Capital One Bowl ... Recorded career-best seven tackles in win over Louisiana Tech ... Interceptions came against Vanderbilt and Mississippi State ... Added three tackles, including a tackle for a 6-yard loss, and a pass breakup in road win over Mississippi State ... Had five tackles in four games - vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, Georgia, Florida and Auburn ... Had two tackles and one PBU at Alabama ... Made the first start of his career at strong safety and picked up his first career interception against Vanderbilt that halted a fourth quarter drive.
Played in 13 games with no starts during his first year with the Tigers ... Finished year with four total tackles and one pass breakup ... Saw extensive action in the secondary against Troy, registering a pair of tackles and a pass breakup ... Had one tackle in win against Troy and another tackle at Arkansas.
Listed as the top-rated cornerback in Louisiana in 2007 ... Named to Rivals.com Top 10 as well as being a Top 10 cornerback by Rivals.com ... Named to SuperPrep All-America team ... Listed as the ninth-best cornerback prospect in the nation by Rivals.com ... Overall, listed as the second-best prospect in Louisiana ... Named to PrepStar's Top 300 All-America team, Atlanta Journal Constitution's Super Southern 100, New Orleans Times-Picayune's Blue-Chip List, Mobile Press-Register's Super Southeast 120 and the Baton Rouge Advocate's 2008 Super Dozen ... Had 89 tackles and five interceptions in his senior season ... Was an all-state selection his senior year and also named Louisiana 4A Defensive Player of the Year ... In 2006, played on both sides of the ball and had 62 carries for 564 yards and eight touchdowns with 10 receptions for 205 yards and two touchdowns on offense and recorded 30 tackles and three interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns on defense ... Coached by Shane Smith.
Full name is Brandon Alex Taylor ... Born on Jan. 29, 1990, in Bogalusa, La. ... Parents are Curtis and Annette Taylor ... Has eight brothers and sisters ... Has a twin sister, Britney, who was born just minutes ahead of Brandon. Is one of three members of the Taylor family to play at LSU - other two were Curtis (now with the 49ers) and Jhyryn, who transferred to a junior college last spring.
Draft Scout Player News
01/02/13 - S Brandon Taylor (knee) tore his ACL in the next-to-last game and hopes to be back for next year's opener. He has undergone surgery.
12/24/12 - S Brandon Taylor (knee) sustained a torn ACL and will be operated on soon.
11/29/12 - SS Brandon Taylor will be activated for the first time this season. The rookie, a third-round pick from LSU, will play on special teams and could see the field in the base defense, with the Chargers being so low on safties.
10/10/12 - SS Brandon Taylor, a third-round pick, was advertised as someone being able to contribute in his rookie year. But Taylor was a healthy inactive for the last game and has yet to play all season.
09/03/12 - SS Brandon Taylor, a rookie, isn't starting. But he could see action in spelling Atari Bigby.