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Levonta Taylor | Cornerback

Team: Florida State Seminoles
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 181

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The Athletic's Dane Brugler reports that Florida State junior CB Levonta Taylor plans to return to school for his senior season.
In other words, Taylor is strongly leaning towards not declaring for the 2019 NFL Draft. Per Brugler, Taylor suffered a stress fracture in his back during fall camp. The injury went undetected until it was revealed in an MRI a few weeks ago. "That helps explain why he didn't look as explosive as his sophomore year film," Brugler wrote. "Big time talent when healthy." Brugler's colleague Bruce Feldman placed Taylor on his annual "freak list" over the summer. Taylor reportedly runs a 4.3 second 40-yard dash with a 40-inch vertical jump. Nov 20 - 1:11 PM

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Florida State junior CB Levonta Taylor only allowed 13 yards on his 56 coverage snaps against Louisville according to Pro Football Focus.

Taylor (5'11/185) was targeted three times but only allowed one reception, which was good for a 47.9 passer rating when targeted for the junior CB. The Athletic's Bruce Feldman placed Taylor on his annual "freak list" after running a 4.3 second 40 yard dash. He also has a 40-inch vertical jump, can squat 500 pounds, and can bench press 365 pounds. From an analytics perspective, Taylor is among the nation's top corners.
Sep 30 - 3:26 PM

Florida State junior CB Levonta Taylor ranks 16th on Bruce Feldman of the Athletic's "freak list" for the 2018 season.

Taylor not only makes this list, but he ranks at or near the top of several categories for returners in Pro Football Focus's stats. An analytical darling who also tests well athletically? Swoon. He's run a laser-timed 4.3 second 40 yard dash time, and he also has a 40 inch vertical. Oh, Feldman also adds that Taylor (5'11/185) squad 500 pounds and has benched 365.
Jul 23 - 4:07 PM

Florida State junior CB Levonta Taylor ranked at the top of returning corners in allowing receptions per snap, according to Pro Football Focus.

Taylor spent 398 snaps in coverage for the Seminoles in 2017. Of those snaps, he allowed a total of 13 receptions; a little over one a game. That makes his snap-to-reception ratio of 30.6; the highest of any cornerback by over four snaps. This has become one of the favorite analytical stats for judging cornerbacks, and Taylor (5'10/169) was as good as it gets last year.
Jun 4 - 12:26 PM

FSU HC Jimbo Fisher said that sophomore CB Levonta Taylor is "one of those special guys that play the game with great instincts."

This spring, the 5-foot-10, 169-pound Taylor was putting in work at corner and "star." In the Seminoles' system, the star position is something of a hybrid corner/linebacker position. Lamarcus Joyner and Jalen Ramsey both manned that position during their careers at FSU. "You are blitzing, you are covering, you are doing a lot of man-under deals," Taylor said of the position. "You are going to be in situations to make plays." As a true freshman, he played in all 13 games, recording 16 tackles and one pass defended along the way. Those numbers could see a quantum leap in 2017.
Thu, Jun 1, 2017 05:22:00 PM

One rival ACC coach believes FSU freshman CB Levonta Taylor is good enough to step in and contribute immediately.

Taylor stands 5-foot-10 and 180-pounds, and the Seminoles could absolutely take that approach with the highly touted recruit after losing Jalen Ramsey to the NFL, along with Ronald Darby and P.J. Williams the year before that.
Mon, Aug 1, 2016 12:08:00 PM

Florida State CB commit Levonta Taylor said he's better at this point than Florida’s Vernon Hargreaves III was after his junior year of high school.

With almost any other player entering their last year of high school, this type of comment would be laughable, but it's hard to argue that Hargreaves as a prep junior was better than Taylor was last season. ESPN ranks Taylor as the No. 13 prospect in the 2016 class and believes he might spend only three years on campus before bolting for the NFL. "Vern is real but I'm on a higher level than he was in high school," Taylor wrote on Twitter. "I can't speak on college yet I have another year of high school left!" Last year, Hargreaves was an All-American, a finalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award and a nominee for the Lott IMPACT Trophy. Taylor has a lot of work to do if he hopes to match his elder's collegiate resume.
Tue, Jun 9, 2015 08:10:00 PM

ESPN believes Florida State CB commit Levonta Taylor is a three-and-out candidate.

"Taylor not only meets the physical requirements in terms of coverage skill, but perhaps what stands out the most are his instincts, football IQ and scheme versatility," Luginbill wrote. "Florida State has not been afraid to play freshmen in the secondary, which should also allow him to see the field early and often." ESPN ranks Taylor as the No. 13 prospect in the 2016 ESPN 300. The site's scouting report on Taylor reads: "Taylor lacks a bit of height but his feet, instincts and play-speed are at an elite level. Overall he's just a darn good football player with a ton of versatility and well-rounded skill-set to fit into a number of schemes at that next level and contribute early." The 5-foot-11, 182-pound Taylor runs a 4.34 forty.
Thu, Jun 4, 2015 12:00:00 PM