Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 7/1/13
As a fantasy football owner, you have to like Stepfan Taylor's college stats.Taylor is Stanford's all-time leader in career rushing yards with 4,300 yards.He is also Stanford's all-time leader in career touchdowns with 45. And remember, Stanford was on a team that was widely recognized as a pass-first offense in the Pac-10.Now comes the hard part of making the transition to the NFL and a loaded backfield in Arizona that not only had Rashard Mendenhall and Ryan Williams, but also a talented rookie in Andre Ellington.Yes, business just picked up a bit in the hot Arizona sun.If anything, there will be two rookie runners not only hungry for playing time, but also starting time in the Cardinals’ backfield.While Taylor tries to pick up where he left off in college, taking on the likes of USC, UCLA and Oregon, he will also have Ellington nipping at his heels for a major role.According to NFL.com and its draft preview of Taylor, “Presents a thick overall build and good forward lean, making him a tough north-south runner to stop with an arm tackle. Running hard is never an issue, as defensive backs often find when trying to wrap him up. Flashes good quickness to offset before getting his body moving forward to receive the handoff, as well as enough burst to hit an open hole in a hurry.”He wasn’t as fast as NFL teams like, but the productivity in college was there, which could translate to some of the same on the pro level.Fantasy teams will possibly look to him as a late-round choice. He reminds me (and NFL.com) a bit of Chester Taylor.I, for one, never worry about 40-times in pre-draft camps. I think they are a bit of a misnomer. What I worry about is how a player is between the tackles. Taylor can play and he should be a late-round pick by most teams, but won’t see playing time unless he is a bye-week fill in or if a star player is injured.
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