|Following the departure of Andrew Luck, Taylor proved he could continue to perform at a high level as the focal point of Stanford's offense in 2012. A well-built workhorse, Taylor rushed for 1,530 yards and 13 touchdowns on 322 carries on the way to second-team All-Pac-12 honors. He put together three straight 100-yard efforts to close the regular season and helped the Cardinal capture the Pac-12 North title. After spending his freshman year behind Heisman Trophy finalist Toby Gerhart, Taylor got his chance in 2010 and ran for 1,137 yards and 15 TDs as the Cardinal's starting running back. As a junior, Taylor earned second-team All-Pac-12 honors with 1,330 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns while averaging a career-best 5.5 per carry during Luck's final season. A thick, hard-running back, Taylor can be difficult to bring down and often powers through high arm tackles in the open field. He also proved to be a reliable receiver out of the backfield with 97 catches for 778 yards and five touchdowns over his final three seasons. Taylor was also relied upon in pass protection, displaying solid technique and physicality as a blocker. While he doesn't possess game-breaking speed, scouts believe Taylor has enough quickness to burst through an opening. At the scouting combine, he had one of the worst 40-yard dash times (4.76) at his position but still tied for fifth among all running backs with a 75.6 grade on a scale with a maximum of 100. Taylor has drawn comparisons to Chester Taylor and BenJarvus Green-Ellis. He doesn't appear to be outstanding in any one area, but scouts believe Taylor is a tough, well-rounded back who could go as high as the second round.