Tory Taylor Draft Profile
Tory Taylor averaged 45.4 yards on 82 punts. 27 of those punts were at a distance of 50 yards or more.
Taylor was named one of six juniors on the 2022 Player Council, showcasing his leadership qualities and impact on the team both on and off the field. He also set the Iowa single-season record for punting yards in both 2021 and 2022, recording an impressive 3,688 yards with 80 punts at a 46.1-yard average in the former year, before upgrading it to 3,725 yards in the latter. Aside from the yardage, Taylor excelled at directing his punts to land inside the 20. In 2021, 39 of his 80 punts landed within the 20-yard line.
Taylor was placed third in the Big Ten and 20th nationally with a punting average of 44.1 yards in 2020. He placed 18 of 40 punts within the 20-yard line and nine of them within the 10-yard line – with only one touchback, 20 fair catches, and six returns for 31 yards.
The year 2022 proved to be a standout year for Taylor, as he garnered several honors and awards. He was selected as a first-team All-America by FWAA, Phil Steele, and Pro Football Focus, and second-team All-America by the Associated Press. He was also recognized as a Permanent Team Captain for special teams, indicating his leadership role. His distinct talent also earned him the prestigious Reggie Roby Special Teams Award, as well as being named first-team All-Big Ten by both the league media and Phil Steele. Additionally, he was selected as second-team All-Big Ten by the Associated Press and third-team All-Big Ten by league coaches. He was named midseason first-team All-America by The Athletic, ESPN.com, and CBSsports.com.
Tory Taylor is our 187th prospect on our draft big board.