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Taylor Hart | Defensive Lineman

Team: Oregon Ducks
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 287

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Eagles selected Oregon DE Taylor Hart with the No. 141 overall pick in the NFL draft.
Hart (6-foot-6 1/8, 281) drew an Aaron Smith comparison from NFL Films' Greg Cosell, high praise considering Smith is one of the premier "five-technique" ends in league history. A 39-game starter for the Ducks, Hart recorded 22.5 career tackles for loss, 16 sacks, and five forced fumbles. Showing better-than-expected athleticism at Oregon's Pro Day, Hart ran 4.85 with a 30-inch vertical. Although Hart will never be a big-time NFL pass rusher, he should develop into a highly useful run-stopping end with some ability to push the pocket from the interior in sub-packages. May 10 - 2:37 PM

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Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl called Oregon DL Taylor Hart "one of the steadier players in executing his assignment" amongst this year's draft class.

Weidl believes Hart "compares favorably" to former Steelers DE Brett Keisel. "Hart is a space-eater on the edge and is stout defending the run," the expert wrote. "He plays with quality leverage, has above-average core strength, and is an exceptional hand fighter at the point of attack. He isn’t a difference-maker as a pass-rusher, but he uses his length well and shows enough athleticism and quickness as a pass-rusher to generate occasional pressure." Weidl thinks Hart will bring "solid return" as a Day 3 pick.
May 3 - 1:16 AM

Oregon DL Taylor Hart, who will have his foot re-examined by doctors in Indy, is a "forgotten" and "underrated" prospect, according to draft insider Tony Pauline.

The reason he hasn't been talked about much is because the broken foot kept Hart out of the Senior Bowl and combine. Still, this is a good football player that reminds NFL Films guru Greg Cosell of former Steelers' DE Aaron Smith. Pauline reports that the Steelers, Colts and Eagles have showed the most interest in the Ducks' product. "Sources characterize Hart as a plug and play type of defensive lineman, which I would agree with and while a coupling with former Ducks head coach Chip Kelly in Philadelphia is intriguing, he seems like a natural fit for the Steelers," Pauline wrote. "Hart is not a prospect that wows you on film but a player who will be a coaches favorite at the next level based on his intelligent, disciplined style."
Apr 23 - 9:13 PM

NFL Films guru Greg Cosell said Oregon DL Taylor Hart reminds him of former Steelers's DE Aaron Smith.

High praise from a respected evaluator. Hart hasn't been talked about much because a broken bone in his foot kept him out of the Senior Bowl and then the combine. He ran forty times of 4.86 and 4.87 seconds at the school's pro day, adding a 30-inch vertical jump, an 8-9 broad jump, a short shuttle time of 4.61 seconds, three-cone time of 7.42 seconds and 23 bench press reps. The 6-foot-6, 287-pounder, as Cosell's comparison suggests, would look great as a 3-4 end.
Apr 10 - 7:05 PM

Oregon DL Taylor Hart may be flying under the radar after he broke a bone in his foot following the season, writes Scout Inc.'s Steve Muench.

Because of the injury, Hart missed the Senior Bowl and the combine. "Hart excels at setting the edge. He controls offensive tackles with his hands, tracks the ball well and sheds in time to make plays. While he's not an explosive edge rusher, he's an underrated athlete who can kick inside to rush the passer," Muench wrote. The analyst sees a fit with the Eagles, where Hart could reunite with former coach Chip Kelly. "He could prove to be a steal if he falls to the Eagles in the fourth round," Muench wrote.
Mar 23 - 7:44 PM

Oregon DL Taylor Hart ran forty times of of 4.86 and 4.87 seconds at the school's pro day.

Hart had a 30-inch vertical jump, an 8-9 broad jump, a short shuttle time of 4.61 seconds, three-cone time of 7.42 seconds and posted 23 bench press reps. Hart was unable to workout at the NFL Combine and a broken bone in his foot kept him out of the Senior Bowl.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 14 - 10:51 AM

Oregon DE Taylor Hart is recovering from a broken bone in his foot that prevented him from attending the Senior Bowl.

"Would I hurt it if I played on it?" Hart questioned after hearing of the injury. "We found out it wouldn't be possible to play on it without further hurting the rest of my career." Hart adds he is used to playing along a three man line, but obviously would be open to playing on a four man front. He expects to participate in some aspect of the Combine.
Jan 29 - 2:02 PM

Oregon senior DL Taylor Hart will attend the East-West Shrine Game.

This is a nice get for the Shrine Game, as Hart is a versatile defensive lineman that will likely attract teams that run three man front with bookend stand up rushers. The Ducks front seven was overmatched by a powerful Stanford offense earlier in the season, but Hart was one of their better players.
Thu, Dec 12, 2013 10:34:00 AM

Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl believes the "more you watch Oregon (senior) DL Taylor Hart, the more you appreciate him."

Weidl calls attention to one play against UCLA, where Hart produced a "shed and redirect for a fourth down stop. Oregon's offense draws a lot of praise, but the defense has played very well this season. Hart offers a five technique's frame, and likely first many three man fronts in the NFL.
Mon, Nov 4, 2013 01:54:00 PM