Devin Taylor
DE #98
South Carolina
Career Stats
TOTAL 29 20 9 3.5 0 1 0 0 -- 0 0 2 0
2014 DET 16 0 15 11 4 1.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2013 DET 14 2 14 9 5 2.5 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 2 --

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A fourth-round pick (132nd overall) in 2013, Taylor is a lengthy defensive end who rotated into the Lions’ stout defensive line as a rookie last season, and continued to produce again in 2014.


  • Drafted by the Detroit Lions in the fourth round (132nd overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft.

A fourth-round pick (132nd overall) in 2013, Taylor is a lengthy defensive end who rotated into the Lions’ stout defensive line as a rookie last season, and continued to produce again in 2014.

2014: Contributed at defensive end in a rotational role along the defensive line, finishing his second NFL season with 15 total tackles (11 solo), one sack (two yards) and one pass defense.

  • Recorded a quarterback hit in Week 1 vs. New York Giants (9/8).
  • Recorded four tackles, including a tackle for loss and a quarterback hit in Week 2 at Carolina (9/14).
  • Registered one tackle in Week 4 at New York Jets (9/28).
  • Posted one tackle in Week 5 vs. Buffalo (10/5).
  • Deflected one pass that led to a LB Tahir Whitehead interception in Week 6 at Minnesota (10/12).
  • Registered two tackles and a quarterback hit in Week 10 vs. Miami (11/09).
  • Posted two tackles in Week 11 at Arizona (11/16).
  • Recorded two tackles (one for loss), one sack and one quarterback hit in Week 15 vs. Minnesota (12/14).
  • Posted one tackle in Week 17 at Green Bay (12/28).

2013: Played in 14 games (two starts) in his rookie season, tallying 14 tackles (nine solo), 2.5 sacks (18.5 yards), one pass defense and two forced fumbles. Combined with fellow rookie DE Ezekiel Ansah to form one of the best rookie defensive end combinations in the NFL in 2013.

  • Made his rookie debut in Week 2 at Arizona (9/15).
  • Inactive in Week 3 at Washington (9/22).
  • Recorded a quarterback hit in Week 4 vs. Chicago (9/29).
  • Posted two solo tackles in Week 5 at Green Bay (10/6).
  • Registered three tackles (two solo), one sack (14 yards) and one forced fumble in Week 6 at Cleveland (10/13).
  • Posted two tackles (one solo), including one tackle for loss, and one quarterback hit in Week 7 vs. Cincinnati (10/20).
  • Registered one solo tackle in Week 8 vs. Dallas (10/27). Drew a crucial holding penalty late in the fourth quarter that stopped the clock and gave QB Matthew Stafford enough time to engineer an 80-yard game-winning touchdown drive.
  • Started his first game and had one quarterback hit in Week 10 at Chicago (11/10).
  • Started his second consecutive game at defensive end in Week 11 at Pittsburgh (11/17).
  • Had his best game of the season on Thanksgiving Day, racking up 1.5 sacks (six yards), one of which forced a fumble, three tackles (two solo) and two quarterback hits in Week 13 vs. Green Bay (11/28).
  • Assisted on a tackle and had one quarterback hit in Week 15 vs. Baltimore (12/16).
  • Posted one solo tackle for loss and a pass defense in Week 16 vs. New York Giants (12/22).

Powerful defensive end with great length that started 45-of-52 games at South Carolina, including the final 40 games of his career. Recorded 161 tackles (107 solo), including 35.5 tackles for loss, 18.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, 16 pass defenses and two interceptions (both returned for a touchdown) at strong-side defensive end.

2012: Named All-Southeastern Conference Third Team as he started all 13 games for the Gamecocks, extending his impressive string to 40 consecutive assignments with the first unit. Posted 45 tackles (27 solo), three sacks, one fumble recovery and six pass defenses.

  • Part of a defensive that finished 11th in the nation in total defense (315.54 ypg) as the unit recorded a total of 40 sacks on the season.
  • Had a pair of tackles for loss vs. Alabama-Birmingham.
  • Combined for 1.5 sacks in a win at Kentucky.
  • Added a season-best eight tackles vs. Wofford.
  • Teamed up with fellow DE Jadeveon Clowney for a sack at Clemson.

2011: Earned Associated Press honorable-mention All-SEC accolades, starting all 13 games at defensive end. Finished the season with 42 tackles (31 solo), including 8.5 tackles for loss, six sacks, two pass defenses and one interception as a member of a defense that ranked third in the nation in total defense (267.69 ypg).

  • Had a season-high nine tackles in a win over Navy.
  • Posted a nine-yard sack vs. Vanderbilt and added three sacks in three consecutive games vs. Mississippi State, Tennessee and Arkansas. Also returned an interception 48 yards for a touchdown vs. Arkansas).
  • Registered one sack in the regular season finale vs. Clemson.
  • Was in on two tackles for loss, including a sack among his five stops in the Capital One Bowl win over Nebraska.

2010: Received first-team All-SEC honors by the Associated Press, Phil Steele and, along with picking up second-team accolades from the league’s coaches. Started all 14 games as he recorded 46 tackles (33 solo) to lead the Gamecocks defensive linemen and also led the team and ranked eighth in the SEC with 13 tackles for loss. Finished the season with 7.5 sacks and eight pass defenses.

  • Recorded five tackles in the season-opener vs. Southern Mississippi.
  • Racked up two sacks and three tackles for loss in a win over Georgia.
  • Delivered five tackles and one sack vs. Kentucky.
  • Scored his first career touchdown vs. Tennessee with a 24-yard interception return and also recovered two Volunteer fumbles, earning SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week accolades.
  • Logged a season-high seven stops in the Chick-fil-A-Bowl vs. Florida State.

2009: Started South Carolina’s first five games before splitting time at defensive end with Clifton Geathers, earning third-team Freshman All-American honors by and Freshman All-SEC performer from the league’s coaches. Played in 12 of the team’s 13 games, finishing the season with 28 tackles (16 solo), two sacks and two forced fumbles.

  • Made his first career start in the Gamecocks’ 7-3 win at North Carolina State. On his first snap from scrimmage, he forced a fumble which led to the game’s only touchdown and later blocked a punt on NC State’s second possession. Earned SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week honors.
  • Had four tackles each vs. South Carolina and Tennessee.

2008: Red-shirted as a true freshman.

Attended Beaufort (S.C.) High School where he helped lead his team to the Class 4A state championship game his senior year. As a senior, recorded 110 tackles with 10 sacks and 19 tackles for loss and received Associated Press First Team All-State honors.

  • Also lettered in basketball and track & field where as a senior, he won the class 4A state title in triple jump with a leap of 48 feet 3 inches.
  • Graduated from South Carolina with a degree in Integrated Information Technology.
  • Wears several thin wrist bands, each one representing a different life event.
  • Son of Sylvia Cuyler and Larry Taylor.


  • Tackles: 4 at Car 09/14/14
  • Sacks: 1.5 vs. GB 11/28/13
  • Sack Yards: 14 at Cle 10/13/13
  • Forced Fumbles: 1 (twice) Last vs. GB 11/28/13
  • Pass Defenses: 1 at Min 10/12/14

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