Oklahoma State junior defensive tackle Vincent Taylor has officially declared for the upcoming NFL draft. Taylor and the Cowboys defeated the Colorado Buffaloes last night 38-8 in the Alamo Bowl where he earned defensive MVP for the game with seven tackles and one sack. He declared for the draft by posting a heartfelt message on Twitter (below).
What a journey! pic.twitter.com/QIaZ20crwc
— Vincent Taylor (@BallOut_96) December 30, 2016
Taylor finished the season with 51 tackles, 13 tackles for a loss, seven sacks, and an impressive four blocked kicks. He was also a first-team All Big 12 selection. In his career at Oklahoma State, Taylor finishes with 112 tackles, 23 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 2 fumbles recovered, and four blocked kicks in 34 games, 26 of which he started. Taylor is a top-10 defensive tackle prospect, and he is projected to go in the 2nd or 3rd round.
Vincent Taylor ended up at Oklahoma State by way of San Antonio, Texas, where his family was relocated following Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he is from. Taylor was a monster on the gridiron, and while Oklahoma State fans wish him all the best, his shoes will not be easily filled.