ESPN West Palm's "coach", Chris Kokell, gives a comprehesive film breakdown of high school football prospects across Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast.
Position: Offensive Lineman
School: Boynton Beach (Class of 2015)
Where He Excels:
Head coach Rick Swain described Dwayne Taylor as a “road grader” (being from Long Island, NY I had too look that term up) and he was correct about him. Taylor is big, mean and nasty. He moves very well for a player of his size. Outstanding ability to pull from the tackle position. Finishes blocks and will even climb to the next level after the first block is complete. Taylor has very quick feet and always keeps pumping.
What To Work On:
At times Taylor lets defenders get in on him. Taylor is way too strong for that and needs to make sure he gets his arms extended to fully use his reach to his advantage. Technique work with his quick feet will go a long way, no wasted steps. Can play too high on some run blocks, need to work in the chutes to practice keeping pad level low. Can struggle in space, so learning how to snap would greatly add to his value at the next level. Even if he never snaps in a game, a video of him working out snapping and long-snapping would go a long way in the recruiting process.
Kokell's Film Analysis:
While the skill guys get all the love from Boynton’s high flying offense, none of it would be possible without the big boys up front. Anchored by Dwayne Taylor, the offensive line opened up holes that allowed the Tigers backs to account for over 600 yards on the ground. Taylor is definitely a Division 1 prospect but it may not be at tackle. He may need to move inside. If he can perfect the art of snapping and combine that with his mobility and strength, Taylor will be a force at the next level. I could see him being used as a pulling center much like pro-bowler Kevin Mawae. Having a center with that ability allows an offensive coordinator to get creative with his play-calling and blocking schemes. As good as he is, I don’t think Taylor has reached his full potential yet. The way his coaches speak glowingly about him, it’s almost a lock that he will!
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Chris Kokell covers high school football for ESPN 106.3 and is the color analyst for "Football Night in South Florida". He has served as head coach at both Pope John Paul II and Forest Hill. To recommend an athlete for Kokell to feature in a future "Film Room", please send player info and a film link to him on Twitter at @REALCOACHK, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.