Two former UF players make Top 50 NFL list

Florida offensive lineman Jawaan Taylor (65) talks with media members at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. [Brad McClennyStaff photographer]

The’s Daniel Jeremiah recently put out his top 50 prospects for the 2019 draft and he has two Florida players on it.

Junior offensive tackle Jawaan Taylor was ranked No. 13 and defensive end Jachai Polite was ranked No. 26.

Here is Jeremiah’s take on both players:

Taylor lined up at right tackle for the Gators. He has average height and a broad frame for the position. In the passing game, he has the foot quickness to cover up speed rushers and the athleticism to redirect versus counter moves. He has a bad habit of scooping instead of punching, which allows defenders to get into his chest. However, he is still sturdy versus power rushers despite giving up his chest. In the run game, he has tremendous upper-body strength to torque and toss defenders. He’s nasty. Some teams will prefer his power inside at the guard position, but I see him as a quality starting right tackle.

Polite is an undersized (6-2, 242 pounds) edge rusher with tremendous twitch and explosion. As a pass rusher, he wins early with pure speed and he’ll mix in a crafty spin move. He has a dynamic inside counter move, but he doesn’t use it very often. He does get swallowed up at times and struggles to free himself. Against the run, he likes to spin at the point of attack and he will get uprooted on occasion. His effort is solid. Overall, Polite lacks ideal size, but he’s very explosive and fits teams looking for a stand-up pass rusher.