Round four, 4th pick, 110th overall
With the fourth pick in the fourth round in the 2020 NFL Draft, the New York Giants select Darrell Taylor, edge, University of Tennessee Volunteers.
You knew that somewhere around the top 100 picks, the G-Men would take an edge rusher. Last year they took Oshane Ximines at 95th overall. As a rookie, Ximines picked up 6.5 sacks, but he tended to disappear for long stretches. Having him share time with Taylor would make a good one-two punch for Big Blue.
Obviously, at pick No. 110, there isn’t an explosive, game-breaking, edge player available. The next best thing is to get someone who can be developed into that type of player.
"Taylor fits the bill of a “freak” athlete who is naturally strong and put on about 10 pounds between his junior and senior seasons without losing athleticism or speed. He explodes off the line of scrimmage, whether he is being used as a stand-up linebacker or having his hand on the turf as a defensive end. – Nick Lee, Sports Illustrated"
Maybe I have a bit of an advantage here, I’m a Tennessee alumni. I’ve seen quite a bit of Taylor the past few seasons and thought he stood out on some very mediocre Vols teams. He sets the edge extremely well and has great closing speed on opposing QBs in the pocket. Unfortunately, sometimes he gets stuck out-side. That’s good for not letting the play elude him but bad for putting pressure on the passer.
To be honest, Taylor has lots of skills but is still very raw as a pass rusher. Last year he picked up 8.5 sacks for the Vols, half a sack more than in 2018, but he probably could have had more. If I had to give an analogy of Taylor’s game, he’s like a six-pack of soda. All six cans are there and taste great but the plastic thingy that keeps them all together needs to be fixed.