Tennessee is not recruiting well just because they got 18 dudes
Granted his production dropped a bit, but he should have been stronger and in better shape this year. It seems surprising to me that he is considered a late round pick, maybe it is just my Maize colored glasses. Part of it has to do with the under performance of the defense overall, but I thought his combine would help him out.
Has anybody seen him? Aside from his sack in the Miami game where he basically had a free ride up the middle to the QB on a blown assignment (as well as one more), we haven't seen much out of this guy. In fact, during a few plays in the Miami game, it was clear that Taylor was struggling with his conditioning: sucking wind, waddling around, clearly gassed. Watch him in the 4th quarter next game and you'll see what I mean. Isn't this guy supposed to be a first round NFL draft prospect? I think at this point Will Johnson is outperforming and outconditioning Terrence Taylor, who is looking painfully average.
Furthermore, where the heck is our pass rush? It's been woefully absent the past two games as QB's have had the luxury of sitting back and picking our underneath coverage apart. This is the area in which I'd like to see the most improvement from our defense in the ND game. That and Stevie Brown not screwing up.