Washington football has had more than a few standout cornerbacks over the past few seasons, so who’s next to fit the mold?
Washington football has had a long line of tall, lengthy, athletic cornerbacks that patrol one side of the field, but Jordan Miller has graduated, so who’s the next man up for Jimmy Lake and the real DBU? Kevin King and Miller have set a precedent, and it’s time for Keith Taylor to follow suit.
Taylor measures in at 6’2, 200 pounds, a very similar mold to King, but he looks taller than that. If you’ve been to a Washington game over the past two seasons and watched warmups, you’ve seen him. He sticks out like a sore thumb, and is about a head taller than everyone else in the huddle. Taylor made leaps and bounds in year two on Montlake, playing in all 14 games, recording 14 total tackles, 1.5 for loss, and breaking up three passes. His numbers would look much better on the field if he wasn’t stuck behind two future NFL corners in Miller and Byron Murphy.
Combine his length, with his super athleticism (10’4″ broad jump at the 2018 Husky combine, which was good for fifth on the team). The Huskies don’t release numbers outside of the top five finishers per event, so the rest of his numbers are unknown, but we know he’s a great athlete, as he also ran track in high school, and ran a 10.89 100 meter dash.
Taylor is currently projected to be one of the starters in the secondary next year, opposite fellow rising junior Elijah Molden, who also made a huge leap forward in year two, and was even honored on the All Pac-12 Second Team.
Taylor is definitely a player to watch on a Husky defense that’s not rebuilding, it’s reloading. They have to replace nine starters on defense, but the next generation is ready to step in, and Taylor will be a key piece to build around in the secondary for the next two seasons.