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Panthers 2017 NFL Draft Results: Panthers Select OT Taylor Moton in 2nd Round (#64)

The Panthers have selected an OT to help protect Cam Newton

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Taylor Moton, OT, Western Michigan 6’5” 319 lbs

34 1/8” arms

5.18 40 yd dash

23 reps on bench

How the Player Fits in Carolina

Most evaluators see Moton as a right tackle or even an OG. I’m positive the Panthers plan to keep him at OT and hope he can develop into a LT. But honestly right now they need him at RT. So don’t buy into the ‘he’s a guard’ stuff. The Panthers announced him as a OT, not a OL or OG.

Player Draft Profile

Taylor Moton Draft Profile –

STRENGTHS Big off the bus. Massive frame with good arm thickness and proportional build in his legs. Plus arm length with big hands. Starting experience at right guard and tackle. Comes off the ball with pad level. Makes concerted effort to drop hips and roll under his target at contact. Has dominant drive-blocking potential. His down blocks turn into steam-rollings. Coordinates hips and hands for maximum pop through point of contact as run blocker. Held his own against Ohio State in 2015 and smothered Illinois DE Dawuane Smoot this season. A bear with strong paws. Plays tend to end for defender once he latches on. Functional climbing to second-level target. Bull rushers won’t bully him very often.

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So that three needs crossed off after three picks: RB, WR, OT

Draft Schedule

Thursday, April 27 – 7:00 p.m. CT (Round 1 – 10 Minutes Per Pick)

Friday, April 28 – 6 p.m. CT (Round 2 – 7 Minutes, Round 3 – 5 Minutes Per Pick)

Saturday, April 29 – 11 a.m. CT (Rounds 4-6 – 5 Minutes Per Pick, Round 7 - 4 Minutes Per Pick)

NFL Network and ESPN/ESPN2 will televise the draft.


What grade to you give the pick of RT Taylor Moton?

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  • 50%
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  • 42%
    (216 votes)
  • 5%
    (27 votes)
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So what do you think of the Panthers landing an OT at #64?