Fast, but can Vikings' Taylor learn fast enough?

  • Article by: CRAIG MALVEAUX , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 26, 2012 - 7:24 AM

Nick Taylor played college basketball, not football, and is only 5-9 and 165 pounds, but his speed intrigues the Vikings.

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ryantonJun. 26, 1212:14 AM

Hoping he can stay on the practice squad and continue to learn. Can't teach that 4.2 speed and speed can make up for a lot of mistakes. If he can pick up some more techniques, combined with that speed...he will be a serviceable DB for the Vikings! Seems like all the opposing WRs were running by the slow Vikes' DBs last year, like they were stuck in mud!

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AlohaMikeJun. 26, 12 6:09 AM

A guy runs a 4.2 so he and everyone else thinks he can play DB in the NFL. No different than a pro wrestler who is a fan favorite that thinks he can be an NFL defensive lineman. There are always summer/preseason stories like this that always end with the guy getting cut. Hopefully the guys we drafted and our new FA signings (who actually played the position in college and the NFL) can help our secondary this year because this guy will likely only be around for the first few preseason games at best.

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mnfanintampaJun. 26, 12 6:34 AM

Can he return punts and kickoffs? He will have a hard time making the team in a skilled position. Under 2 assists and points per game in basketball doesn't make a very productive point guard. I hope he was good at defense.

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Jakein08Jun. 26, 12 8:26 AM

You can't coach speed. the vikings team speed was very poor last year. Running a 4.2 is NOT comparable to an all star wrestler trying to make the NFL. I hope he makes the practice squad and at least becomes a special teams player down the road, time will tell.

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vikefanindcJun. 26, 12 9:07 AM

I agree that you can't coach speed and it would be a great "feel good story" if he makes the roster or the practice squad. The reality, though, is he's a longshot at best. He didn't play college ball and could not even make a CFL roster! Doesn't bode well. I doubt he makes it past the first round of cuts.

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ganjed75Jun. 26, 12 9:33 AM

We don't need feel good stories, we need a competitive football team.

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timandtiaJun. 26, 1210:47 AM

Hope he makes it. Yes, he is raw, but the Vikings staff should be able to make him into a good football player.

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VikeupnorthJun. 26, 1210:55 AM

The Vikings are going to mold him to their scheme? Is that the same scheme that left wide receivers open in the middle all year long? The same scheme at which time and time over again us fans saw a 3rd and long go for a 20 to 30 yard gain? Maybe.. just maybe, we might need a new scheme in addition to new talent.

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conormacleodJun. 26, 1211:48 AM

Settle down. Every football team needs bodies to take some abuse in practice as well. If he looks fantastic he might make the practice squad. Nobody is hinging the Vikings D improvements on him, so no need to start hating the guy already.

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FirimarJun. 26, 1211:58 AM

Exactly how hard is it to become an All-Star in a newly created league that starts with just TWO teams?

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