Detroit selected BYU defensive end Ezekiel Ansah in the first-round (fifth overall) on Thursday, and Taylor adds even more depth to that position.
Like Ansah, Taylor, 6-foot-7, 266 pounds, is another terrific athlete with freakishly long arms (36 inches).
“One of our goals coming in was to get bigger and to get more athletic and I think Devin is a guy who actually does that for us,” Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said.
“We talked about that with our coaching staff,” he said. “It’s about the length of some of our guys and those guys being able to make more plays."
Taylor had a 35-inch vertical and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.72 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine. He was the state triple jump champion in South Carolina in high school.
Taylor started his final 40 games for South Carolina, and finished with 18.5 sacks and 35.5 tackles for loss.
“I’ve played both sides, right and left end,” Taylor said. “I guess my tape and stuff like that is from the left side, but I played the all-star game on the right side.”
Taylor had a terrific East-West Shrine game following the season and that’s when the Lions ramped up their interest in him.