Jonathan Taylor NFL Draft Projection Odds Suggest Surprising Landing Spot This April

By David Hayes
Jonathan Taylor's NFL Draft stock was greatly improved by running the fastest 40-yard dash among all participating RBs at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Jonathan Taylor's NFL Draft stock was greatly improved by running the fastest 40-yard dash among all participating RBs at the NFL Scouting Combine. / Dylan Buell/Getty Images

A true workhorse running back is a rare sight to see in the modern age of football, but Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor was just that. The back-to-back Doak Walker Award winner (2018-19) is believed to be the do-it-all type of running back that can thrive at the NFL level and contribute to a team immediately.

Jonathan Taylor Draft Projection

It takes a true top-end running back prospect to be considered as a viable first-round pick, but appears to be something that Taylor still has to prove roughly one month away from the 2020 NFL Draft. Despite a stellar NFL Combine performance, FanDuel Sportsbook has set the over/under on his draft spot at 36.5, suggesting he's expected to go toward the early to mid-second round.

When Will Jonathan Taylor Be Drafted?

Considering Taylor is currently projected to be drafted somewhere near the 36th overall pick in the second round, this seems to suggest the Los Angeles Chargers could have their eyes on him with their No. 37 overall pick.

Jonathan Taylor NFL Teams

The Chargers recently parted ways with another former Wisconsin star RB in Melvin Gordon, who they drafted with the No. 15 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, and Los Angeles could very well be in the market for another now that Austin Ekeler is likely to take over the starting duties in Gordon's absence.

The Miami Dolphins are also a team in the market for a RB in this year's draft, but could be looking to snag Georgia's D'Andre Swift with either their No. 18 or No. 26 first-round picks ahead of Taylor. Even though Swift is currently the favorite to be the first RB off the board this April, the Dolphins could still have interest in targeting Taylor with their first, second-round pick at No. 39 if no one else has taken him.

The Houston Texans were another potential suitor for Taylor's abilities, however, a recent trade for David Johnson could be the answer they were looking for at RB instead. Of course, plenty can still change with one month to go before the draft gets underway, so we can expect the odds to continue shifting as April 23 approaches.

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