Round 3 (Pick 86): Darrell Taylor, EDGE (Tennessee)
The Buffalo Bills bought themselves some time with the addition of Mario Addison at defensive end and find a prospect that they can develop to become the eventual starter. That is what they have here with pass rusher Darrell Taylor out of Tennessee.
In his final two seasons for the Vols, Taylor had 16.5 sacks, 21 tackles for a loss and four forced fumbles.
The scouting report by Lance Zierlein of NFL.com describes a player who has some of the physical abilities the Bills are looking for but needs some coaching and time to develop:
"Powerful edge defender for 3-4 or 4-3 fronts with five-star traits, but three-star skill level at this point. He has the strength and leverage to anchor and stand his ground at the point of attack, but he needs to transform from a set-it-and-forget-it roadblock into a shed-and-tackle playmaker. His rush lacks instincts and counters, but he has shown the ability to explode and bend the edge sharply, which will get the attention of NFL evaluators. The toolbox has plenty in it, but additional development as a pass rusher might be the difference between functional backup or dangerous starter."