The New York Giants selected Cooper Taylor, a defensive back from Richmond in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft on Saturday, the 152nd overall pick.
Taylor is a huge safety -- 6-foot-4, 228 pounds -- who apparently impressed at the Richmond Pro Day when he ran a 4.49 40-yard dash and showcased a 36.5-inch vertical jump.
The Giants lost safety Kenny Phillips to the Philadelphia Eagles via free agency, replacing him with veteran Ryan Mundy. They have Antrel Rolle, Stevie Brown, Will Hill, Tyler Sash and Mundy at the position.
Here is the scouting report on Taylor from Tony Pauline of TFY Draft Insider:
Positive: Huge safety with good range in centerfield. Fluid, goes sideline to sideline, and gets outside the numbers to make plays. Effective run defender who immediately finds the ball carrier and wraps up when tackling. Keeps the action front of him, quick up the field and displays both closing and recovery speed. Remains disciplined and effectively diagnoses the action.
Negative: Slow out of his transition when turning to run with opponents and possesses marginal ball skills. Lacks a quick change of direction and lacks the ability to immediately alter his angle of attack.
Analysis: Taylor possesses next-level size and significantly improved his game last season. He's a prototypical strong safety candidate and will also get consideration in a zone defense. He'll be helped by his special-teams mentality.
Giants' Draft Choices
Round 1 (19th) -- Justin Pugh, offensive lineman, Syracuse [Reaction, analysis]
Round 2 (49th) -- Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State [Reaction, analysis]
Round 3 (81st) -- Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M [Reaction, analysis]
Round 4 (116th) -- Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse [Reaction, analysis]
Round 5 (152nd) -- Cooper Taylor, DB, Richmond