The San Francisco 49ers continue on building their offense on day three of the draft by choosing WR Trent Taylor from Louisiana Tech. He is 5’8, 181 lbs., and white, and has been compared to all of the other smaller, white WRs in the NFL. Taylor has heard them all; Wes Welker, Julian Edelman, Cole Beasley et al. Honestly, Taylor just wants to be his own guy, make his own mark.
I always get the comparisons of all the slot guys like [former NFL WR Wes] Welker, [Cowboys WR Cole] Beasley, [New England Patriot WR Julian] Edelman. I mean, that’s what I’ve heard my whole life, but I’d like to go into the NFL and just be my own guy, be who Trent Taylor is, which I mean, I can learn a lot from those guys before me and I can learn a lot from any receiver. I like to watch all types of receivers when it comes to either [Atlanta Falcons WR] Julio Jones, or the big guys. There’s always something you can learn from anybody. I don’t think there’s anybody specific I compare myself to. I just try to watch them all and learn from everybody.
The comparisons are too easy to make especially when you add that he is a return specialist similar to receivers with a similar make up. He has been a returner throughout his college career and he says it’s just comes naturally to him.
I’ve been a punt returner all four years at Louisiana Tech. So, just being able to track the ball, good ball skills, that’s something that I’ve always had since I was a young kid. That’s something that just kind of comes natural to me. I’m looking forward to contributing in any type of way I can on special teams as well as offense for the team.
Taylor spoke to former teammate and 49ers QB Jeff Driskel prior to the draft and their paths appear to be similar. Neither of the two Bulldogs had much contact with the 49ers organization prior to the draft but yet still ended up on the team.
Taylor had two pretty remarkable seasons to close out his college career but he remains steadfast that he will never be complacent.
- 99 catches
- 1282 yards
- 12.9 average
- 9 touchdowns
- 136 catches
- 1803 yards
- 13.3 average
- 12 touchdowns
The year before, my junior year, I had 99 catches with, I don’t know, a little over 1,000 yards. I’m a guy that never gets complacent with what I do the year before. Each year, I know you start from ground zero and I just like to, I take pride on getting better each year. Each year, looking back at your mistakes and turning your mistakes into your strengths. That’s something I always try to focus on and I was able to improve on my stats each year in college. They got better and better and I know I’ve got to start from ground zero once again once I get to the NFL and we’ll just get it rolling from there
Who do you think Trent Taylor will end up being most like?
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