Heading into the season Cam Taylor-Britt was my top ranked Husker for the 2022 NFL Draft. After a bit of a rocky start to the season, Taylor-Britt has righted the ship and back to his play making self. In this week’s scouting perspective I took a look at Taylor-Britt’s game against Michigan and looked at where he could play in the NFL.
What Went Well
One of Taylor-Britt’s biggest strengths is his ball skills. Cam just has a knack for being able to find the ball and make a play on it. That was clear in the game against Michigan where he had three big pass breakups. The two deep balls down the sideline were huge in preventing long gains, while the third saved a touchdown after he initially bit on play action.
While Nebraska CB Cam Taylor-Britt bites initially on play action, he is able to recover and use his ball skills to pull the ball out of the WRs hands and save the TD #Huskers #NFLDraft pic.twitter.com/CRN5u2qcbi— Brian Johannes (@Draft_Brian) October 14, 2021
When Michigan wasn’t trying to test Taylor-Britt down the field, Taylor-Britt was able to showcase his instincts on underneath routes. On those throws Taylor-Britt showed the ability to read the receivers breaking down and was able to adjust and either cover up the receiver or was in the position to make a play on the ball.
Areas of Concern
My biggest concern about Cam Taylor-Britt and his ability to play cornerback in the NFL is his speed. While I wouldn’t say that Cam is slow, he plays more like someone who is going to run in the 4.5’s in the 40 yard dash. That was the case against Michigan where one one of Taylor-Britt’s highlight reel deflections the receiver got behind him but since the ball was short he was able to make a play on it. Later on in the game Taylor-Britt was beaten by a couple of steps but the ball was overthrown.
Where He Fits in the NFL
In my opinion, the best position for Taylor-Britt to have success in the NFL is at safety. Sure he could play corner in a zone heavy scheme, but Taylor-Britt has so much potential at safety. NFL teams want safeties that can hit, run and cover. Cam can do all three of those and has played safety at Nebraska. You take his cover skills, his willingness to come up and hit and ask him to play underneath or two high coverage. Because of this I feel teams could look to him as a developmental starter and someone they target in the 3rd to 5th round area.