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Kelvin Taylor | Running Back

Team: Florida Gators
Age / DOB:  (24) / 9/28/1993
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 212

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49ers selected Florida RB Kelvin Taylor with the No. 211 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.
Taylor (5'10/207) shared time with Matt Jones and others before taking over as Florida's lead back as a third-year junior in 2015, rushing for 1,035 yards and 13 touchdowns on 259 carries (4.00 YPC). Taylor averaged an underwhelming 4.34 yards per carry in his college career and only caught 32 passes in three seasons. Taylor's sub-par athleticism showed up at the Combine, running 4.60 with a 9-foot-5 broad jump. With small hands (8 1/4") and an indecisive running mentality, Taylor has the ceiling of a lightly used situational back. Sat, Apr 30, 2016 05:25:00 PM

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ESPN's Merril Hoge believes Florida RB Kelvin Taylor can be an NFL starter.

Taylor is "one of best runners I've seen in recent memory," Hoge told Jaguars writer John Oesher. The son of Fred Taylor does not offer the skillset of the Jaguars legend, however Taylor did flash at times for the Gators. We will have to disagree with Hoge, and specifically point to Taylor's limited athleticism. Kelvin Taylor's athletic profile places him in the bottom 9th percentile for NFL running backs, which are long odds to overcome.
Tue, Apr 5, 2016 11:58:00 AM

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt wrote that Florida RB Kelvin Taylor had an "exceptional Pro Day workout" on Tuesday.

"[Taylor] caught the ball well and has good quickness," Brandt observed. In addition to his strong positional drills, the 5-foot-10, 212-pounder ran the 40-yard dash in 4.60 and 4.65 seconds while notching a 20-yard short shuttle mark of 4.20 seconds and a three-cone drill time of 7.23 seconds. The son of former Jaguars' great Fred Taylor, Kelvin barely squeaked his way over 1,000 yards rushing this past season, finishing out with 1,035 on 259 carries (4.0 YPC). While Taylor's not a talent-less player by any stretch of the imagination, his time with the Gators often ended with less-than-impressive statistical result. If he's drafted, it likely won't be until the later rounds.
Tue, Mar 22, 2016 04:31:00 PM

Florida junior RB Kelvin Taylor will declare for the 2016 NFL Draft.

Kelvin is Jaguar legend Fred Taylor's son. Fred was the No. 9 overall pick in 1998 and produced one of the more underrated careers in recent memory. Kelvin might not be selected in the top three rounds, but played in a backfield without high level quarterback play for much of his career. Taylor dominated the Gators' backfield in terms of carries and yards, owning a 59.37 percent market share of the school's ground yards in 2015.
Mon, Dec 21, 2015 01:30:00 PM

Florida junior RB Kelvin Taylor rushed for eight yards on seven carries in Saturday's 29-15 loss to Alabama in the SEC Championship Game.

Taylor's eight yards rushing led the Gators. He averaged 1.1 YPC with a long run of three yards. We'll give you a moment to let those horrifying statistics sink into your consciousness. The Tide absolutely obliterated any and every Florida attempt at a vague semblance of a ground game. Probably needless to say, this was Taylor's worst rushing effort of the 2015 campaign. The 5-foot-11, 216-pound junior finishes out the pre-bowl season with 985 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns.
Sat, Dec 5, 2015 08:33:00 PM

Florida junior RB Kelvin Taylor downplayed doubts about the Gators in advance of the SEC title game, saying that "as long as we believe in each other, that's all that matters."

Said Taylor, "We just really can't focus on [doubters]. We just have to focus on ourselves and our team and we'll be fine. As long as we believe in each other, that's all that matters." The 5-foot-11, 216-pound junior represents the Gators' best hope for sustained offense against Alabama on Saturday. He's surpassed 100 yards rushing in three consecutive games, including a season-high 136 yards against Florida State last weekend. He'll have his work cut out for him against a Tide defense that ranks as the best in the country against the run, limiting opposing ground games to a pitiful 78.92 rushing yards per contest. In their most high-profile rushing challenge on the 2015 ledger, they held LSU's Leonard Fournette to just 31 yards. Taylor's rushed for a relatively lukewarm 977 yards overall, though he has scored 13 touchdowns.
Fri, Dec 4, 2015 11:36:00 PM

Florida junior RB Kelvin Taylor rushed for 136 yards on 24 carries in Saturday's 27-2 loss to FSU.

Best yardage total of the season for Taylor, who's pumped out three consecutive games with at least 100 yards rushing. Saturday's effort was all for naught, though, as Taylor failed to score a touchdown while the Seminoles methodically pulled away for the lopsided final score. For the season, the 5-foot-11, 216-pound junior's rushed for 977 yards and 13 touchdowns. He'll have the joy of facing Alabama in the SEC title bout next weekend.
Sun, Nov 29, 2015 05:28:00 PM

Florida junior RB Kelvin Taylor carried the ball 25 times for 98 yards and a touchdown in the school's 20-14 win over FAU.

Taylor added 19 receiving yards. It took a very, very long time for Florida to create anything on offense and relied on Taylor to essentially pick up the necessary yards. Fred's son is a solid collegiate back.
Sat, Nov 21, 2015 03:58:00 PM

Florida junior RB Kelvin Taylor rushed for 121 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 27-3 win over Georgia.

Taylor turned in his best performance of the season on Saturday, scoring on a three-yard rush in the second quarter and a 16-yard effort midway through the fourth. With the 121 yards, the 5-foot-11, 216-pound junior notched his second 100-yard rushing performance of the 2015 campaign. He's now scored seven touchdowns in his last five games and five in his last three.
Sat, Oct 31, 2015 08:02:00 PM

Florida sophomore RB Kelvin Taylor rushed for 25 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries in Saturday's 35-28 loss to LSU.

Taylor averaged a scant 1.7 YPC in the loss. His longest run went for eight measly yards. While the touchdown helped anybody hapless enough to roll with the 5-foot-11, 216-pound sophomore in daily play, it's very difficult to trust Taylor given his very obvious struggles. To date, he has just one game with more than 100 rushing yards and four with 55 or fewer. HC Jim McElwain has committed to giving Taylor carries, but the results simply haven't been there often enough to make the sophomore a reliable DFS option.
Sun, Oct 18, 2015 12:07:00 AM

Florida sophomore RB Kelvin Taylor carried the ball 28 times for 99 yards and two touchdowns during Saturday's 21-3 win over Missouri.

Taylor averaged an uninspiring 3.9 yards on his 28 carries, but the volume and the touchdowns ensured that the day wasn't a complete DFS bust. Through six games, the 5-foot-11, 216-pound sophomore has slashed his way to 438 yards and seven touchdowns. After a slow start to the 2015 campaign, Taylor's last three contests have seen him rush for 102, 83 and 99 yards. If we're looking for further silver linings, the sophomore runner has received 25-plus carries in each of Florida's last two games.
Sun, Oct 11, 2015 08:44:00 PM

Florida sophomore RB Kelvin Taylor carried the ball 27 times for 83 yards in Saturday's 38-10 win over Ole Miss.

Taylor was fed the ball 27 times, but he averaged a sad panda 3.1 YPC on his opportunities. The 5-foot-11, 216-pound sophomore has just one game with over 100 rushing yards this season (vs three contests with 55 or fewer rushing yards) and has struggled to find any sort of consistent groove. Florida's schedule shows games against Missouri and LSU in the next two weeks, which probably won't help matters moving forward.
Sun, Oct 4, 2015 02:27:00 AM

Florida sophomore RB Kelvin Taylor rushed 19 times for 102 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 28-27 win over Tennessee.

Taylor scored from five yards out in the first quarter, then added another short touchdown run midway through the third quarter. With his 102 yards on the ground, the 5-foot-11, 216-pound sophomore cracked the 100-yard rushing mark for the first time this season. He's been living in HC Jim McElwain's doghouse for a large portion of the season after he executed a throat-slash gesture against East Carolina, but perhaps Saturday's performance is a sign that he's finally ready to live up to some of his preseason hype. For the year, he's rushed for 256 yards and five touchdowns through four games.
Sat, Sep 26, 2015 08:15:00 PM

Florida sophomore RB Kelvin Taylor was listed as the third RB on the team's Monday depth chart following his throat-slash gesture against ECU on Saturday.

HC Jim McElwain berated Taylor on the sidelines after his unique touchdown celebration in Saturday's win over ECU and the fallout saw the sophomore drop to third on the depth chart. The 5-foot-11, 216-pound RB had racked up 164 yards and three touchdowns through two games. Expect either freshman Jordan Cronkite or Jordan Scarlett to start Saturday's road contest with Kentucky, though it's possible that this is more a symbolic demotion than one that will effect the number of carries Taylor actually receives in the game.
Mon, Sep 14, 2015 03:48:00 PM

A video of Florida coach Jim McElwain berating Florida sophomore RB Kelvin Taylor was pulled off YouTube.

Taylor did a throat slash gesture after a fourth quarter touchdown against ECU, drawing McElwain's ire. McElwain told Taylor to "Look at me, don't look down, f—ing be a man!" Mcelwain dropped several more expletives before stalking off. Said McElwain after the game: "It’s not OK to act that way. It’s not OK to call attention to yourself, when a selfish act hurts your whole team."
Sun, Sep 13, 2015 01:46:00 PM