Welcome To Detroit Taylor Decker!
With the 16th pick of the NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions take Taylor Decker. Decker is a former starting left tackle for Ohio State and his collegiate career is an impressive one. He started for three seasons, playing in 54 games, and started in 42. He once was a semifinalist for the Lombardi award, and he was a candidate to win the Outland trophy last season. Decker was a first-Team All-American,
He once was a semifinalist for the Lombardi award, and he was a candidate to win the Outland trophy last season. Decker was a first-Team All-American, two-time first-team All-Big Ten and the Big Ten’s Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2015. He also helped lead Ohio State to the NCAA Championship in 2014, winning the first ever college football playoffs. Check out his draft profile here.
Why Did The Lions Draft Taylor Decker?
The Lions need help on the offensive line, we all know that. Decker would be competing with Geoff Schwartz or Riley Reiff, depending on what side of the line he plays. Decker has the frame and size to be a future offensive tackle in the NFL. He can stop defenders in their tracks, making them ineffective. He likes to finish his blocks and play until the whistle blows, which is good to see someone not give up or not stop the beating until told to do so.
His ability to create holes for the run game is nice as well because Detroit was lacking in the run department last year, and with him on the line, the run game might be able to actually become something in 2016.
If you still aren’t a fan of Decker, check out his tape here.
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