2024 4th round pick #104 is Dadrion Taylor-Demerson S

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Overview​

Taylor-Demerson might not have the highly coveted measurables that teams will gravitate toward, but he brings plenty of instincts and ball skills. He offers coverage versatility as a split safety, high safety and nickel. He’s quick enough to handle man coverage and plays with outstanding anticipation to steal from quarterbacks who show their cards. His aggression will create some negative plays and his tackling might never be more than average. Taylor-Demerson’s versatility, football IQ and consistent ball production align with what defensive coordinators are looking for and should make him a solid starting defensive back.

Strengths​

  • Offers versatility to succeed in multiple coverage schemes.
  • Highly instinctive, with playmaking demeanor and plus ball skills.
  • A whisper of quarterback intentions sends him racing to the throw.
  • Route anticipation and speed create coverage opportunities from slot.
  • Confident and intelligent with the processing for post-snap adjustments.
  • Recovers with speed to the spot rather than chasing the man.
  • Good wrap-and-roll finisher when attacking the legs.

Weaknesses​

  • Below-average size and play strength as a safety.
  • Takes a big bite out of play-action and jet-sweep looks in his direction.
  • Lingering eyes from high safety allow receivers to get behind him.
  • Inconsistent patience and discipline to contain wide runs.
  • Not much of a run-through, pop-and-stop tackler.

Sources Tell Us​


“He’s really bright and fun to talk to. Great leadership qualities. Personally, I think I would rather have him playing short zone coverage from the nickel because of how he sees the field.” - NFC national scout
 
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HEIGHT: 6'0"
WEIGHT: 197
HAND: 9⅝"
ARM: 30⅞"
WINGSPAN: 74¼"

40-YARD DASH: 4.41
3-CONE: 7.00
SHUTTLE: 4.39
VERTICAL: 38"
BROAD: 10'3"

POSITIVES
— Scheme versatility. Able to play in multiple coverages, as well as able to align and play at all three levels of the defense.
— Instinctive player who has a knack for getting a jump on the ball in the air.
— Very good straight-line speed. Has the recovery speed to catch up when out of position.

NEGATIVES
— Poor eye discipline can get him in trouble with play fakes.
— Can be more of a finesse defender at times. Lacks the blow delivery when tackling. Wrapdown tackler.


2023 STATISTICS
— 13 G, 73 TOT, 1.5 TFL, 1 SK, 4 INT, 8 PD
 

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Im fine with it. Would have prefered Kamara or a WR...but maybe they will still be there next round or we will finally make a trade up
 

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Was watching the Bleacher Report webcast and they gave it an A+, not sure what makes them experts but better than giving the pick an F, a safety made a lot more sense than another CB to me anyway. They had a lot of good things to say about him.
Bleacher Report dude gives almost everyone an A grade
 
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Dadrion Taylor-Demerson


5'11"195 lbs Texas Tech

8POS RK
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67GRADE
Pre-Draft Analysis
Taylor-Demerson reads the quarterba
ck, tracks the ball and closes well when he lines up in single-high and two-high looks. He can shadow slot receivers in underneath man coverage. He is an instinctive playmaker who intercepted 10 passes over the past three seasons and had four picks in 2023. Taylor-Demerson has big hands, good eye-hand coordination and can catch passes thrown outside his frame. He's undersized with short arms, but he's an active run-defender and sound tackler who wraps up. -- Steve Muench
 

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Fits the mold of the type of athletes we have been picking. I preferred Hicks as a potential Budda replacement down the road to someone like this, but I still like the player and this is around where he was projected to go.
 

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