2013 NFL Draft

Devin Taylor's 40 time slows, bench press improves at Gamecocks' pro day

Former Beaufort High standout trying to improve NFL Draft stock

sfastenau@beaufortgazette.comMarch 27, 2013 

COLUMBIA -- I'm afraid there wasn't much juicy information to come from my trip today to South Carolina's pro timing day at Williams-Brice Stadium.

Former Beaufort High School standout and Gamecocks defensive end Devin Taylor ran the 40-yard dash and lifted repitions on the bench press, hoping to improve numbers from February's NFL Combine. He ran the 40 in 4.88 seconds, slower than the 4.72 he ran in Indianapolis. His 16 reps on the bench press were better than the 14 he managed at the combine.

What does that mean for April's NFL Draft? Taylor wasn't made available to the media after his workouts. And attempts to reach his agent today have been unsuccessful. So it's not clear what numbers Taylor targeted. But the bench was a sore spot before Wednesday, the combine numbers among the lowest for defensive ends. Taylor's mom said earlier this month scouts wanted to see him run the 40 again to test the validity of the combine numbers. I imagine he didn't help or hurt himself much each way. His other numbers from the combine - in the vertical jump, broad jump, cone drill and shuttle drill - were among the best at his position. There was no need to run them again Wednesday.

As soon as I have a reaction from Taylor's camp, I'll pass it along. And I'll have more Taylor coverage leading up to the draft.

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