PRO: The Titans selected Taywan Taylor (first name pronounced TAY-wahn) with their first of two third-round picks in the 2017 NFL Draft. A shifty route-runner with exceptional burst and run-after-catch ability, he has the ability to play in the slot or on the outside. As a rookie in 2017, the 5-foot-11-inch, 203-pounder saw action in all 16 games and amassed 16 receptions for 231 yards with a touchdown. At Western Kentucky, he broke every major single-season and career receiving record and accounted for 34 touchdown receptions over his final two campaigns. Taylor became the first Western Kentucky player drafted by the Titans since the team arrived in Tennessee.
• As a rookie in 2017, Taylor played in all 16 games and notched 16 catches for 231 yards with a touchdown.
• The most prolific wide receiver in Western Kentucky history, Taylor accumulated 253 career receptions for 4,234 yards and 41 touchdowns in four seasons, setting team records in each category.
• In 2016, he had the best single season of any receiver in Western Kentucky history, setting Hilltopper records with 98 catches (ranked fifth in the nation), 1,730 receiving yards (third) and 17 touchdowns (tied for third).
• Taylor’s football life has taken him south on Interstate 65. A native of Louisville, which is approximately a three-hour drive from Nashville, he attended Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Ky., a one-hour commute from Nashville on the same highway.
• Taylor lists his football role model as Randy Moss.
• The Louisville, Ky., native was selected by the Titans in the third round (72nd overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft.
• In four seasons at Western Kentucky (2013-16), Taylor appeared in 52 games with 33 starts. He established Hilltopper career records with 253 receptions, 4,234 receiving yards and 41 receiving touchdowns, and he also set the single-season records with 98 receptions, 1,730 yards and 17 touchdowns, the latter of which he hit in both his junior and senior seasons. He authored 19 100-yard receiving performances. Taylor helped lead the team to a pair of Conference USA titles and three consecutive bowl championships. He was a two-time semifinalist for the Fred Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation’s top wide receiver.
• As a senior (2016), broke his own single-season records for receptions and receiving yards and tied his touchdown reception record, finishing the season with 98 receptions for 1,730 yards and 17 touchdowns. Posted nine games with at least 100 yards receiving, second-most nationally, while his 11 games of catching at least one touchdown pass led the nation. His 1,730 receiving yards ranked third nationally, and his 98 receptions ranked fifth. He was a team captain, Biletnikoff Award semifinalist and first-team All-Conference USA.
• As a junior (2015), became the second 1,000-yard receiver in program history and set Western Kentucky single-season records for receiving yards (1,467), receptions (86) and touchdown catches (17). His 1,467 yards were the second-most in C-USA history, while his 17 touchdown receptions were fourth-most. The consensus first-team All-Conference USA selection also was named second-team All-American by ProFootballFocus.com. Ranked third nationally and led the conference in receiving yards, while his 104.8 yards per game ranked No. 10 nationally. Had 100 receiving yards or more in eight games, tied for the most in C-USA.
• As a sophomore (2014), started seven games while appearing in all 13. Finished second on the team with 767 yards and was third in touchdown receptions with seven. His 45 receptions were fourth-most for the Hilltoppers, and he led all primary pass catchers with a 17.0 yards-per-catch average, the best average among receivers with over 40 receptions in the league. Had 50 yards in seven of 13 games to go along with a pair of 100-yard performances. Led the team with 13 receptions of 20 yards or longer. Of his seven touchdowns, five went for 45 yards or longer. Earned All-Conference USA honorable mention.
• As a freshman (2013), saw action in 11 games, earning seven starts. Caught 24 passes for 270 yards, second among freshman wideouts and sixth overall on the team.
• Received his degree in elementary education from Western Kentucky in May 2017.
• Attended Pleasure Ridge Park (Louisville, Ky.) High School, where he helped lead the team to a 14-1 season as a senior in 2012 by posting a team-high 52 receptions for 1,169 yards. He scored 18 total touchdowns, including 14 touchdown receptions. The team advanced to the Class 6A state title game before losing for the first time all season. He earned All-District honors from the Greater Louisville Football Coaches Association and also was named Honorable Mention All-State by the Courier-Journal.
• List of favorites: (TV show) “Everybody Hates Chris”; (movies) “Rush Hour” and “Red Dawn”; (musician) Nipsey Hussle; (athlete as a child) Tracy McGrady; (foods) chicken alfredo, steak, baked potatoes and lasagna; and (songs on your pregame playlist) Lil Wayne songs plus a variety of other music.
• Follow Taylor on Twitter and Instagram at @SilentGrind2.
• Follow Taylor on Snapchat at taywan.
• Born Taywan Marshawn Taylor on March 2, 1995 in Louisville, Ky.
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