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It would be difficult to find a prospect with more experience against elite college competition than Taylor, a three-year starter at strong safety for LSU's renowned defense. Taylor gained such respect from his Tigers teammates and coach Les Miles that he was given No. 18 as a senior, a new tradition within the program to honor character and leadership. Still, he flew under the radar in LSU's secondary in 2011 thanks to Heisman Trophy finalist Tyrann Mathieu and likely top-10 pick Morris Claiborne. Those elite cornerbacks - and Patrick Peterson before them - certainly made Taylor's life easier, rarely leaving him alone in coverage. As a result, his man-to-man skills are somewhat in doubt, although he was a cornerback in high school. In Baton Rouge, Taylor was more of a physical presence against the run, ranking third on the team with 71 tackles as a senior. His stock is somewhat hard to figure; some NFL teams might see him as an underrated player who was simply overshadowed in college, but others may conclude that he's not quite the elite athlete some others at his position are. It's true that he's not the biggest or the fastest safety, but Taylor - whose brother Curtis was selected out of LSU by San Francisco in the seventh round in 2009 - is a hard-working, smart player who should be able to add depth to a defensive backfield quickly. He may be gone by the middle of the draft.