Jawaan Taylor drafted by Jacksonville Jaguars

University of Florida offensive lineman Jawaan Taylor was selected 35th overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Taylor’s career at Florida was never a guarantee. As a junior at Cocoa High School Taylor weight 384 pounds and didn’t hold a scholarship offer from the Gators. The coaching staff at the time told him he needed to lose weight, so he set off on the task to do just that. Taylor lost nearly 50 pounds, earned a scholarship offer and officially signed to become a Gator.

“I had my weight loss in high school and then I got to college and just wanted to better myself as a player,” he said. “I went every single day, in the film room, on the field, in the weight room, nutrition, as well. So it paid off for me.”

He spent three seasons starting at Florida. In 2012 Taylor played in all 13 games including 13 starts. He was the only freshman to play on the offensive line and was named a freshman All-American.

“I had 35 career starts playing against some of the best competition in the country every single Saturday,” Taylor said. “I feel like that definitely prepared me for the next level.”

Taylor will join fellow Gators Taven Bryan and Lerentee McCray on the Jaguars roster.

Nick de la Torre
A South Florida native, Nick developed a passion for all things sports at a very young age. His love for baseball was solidified when he saw Al Leiter’s no-hitter for the Marlins live in May of 1996. He was able to play baseball in college but quickly realized there isn’t much of a market for short, slow outfielders that hit around the Mendoza line. Wanting to continue with sports in some capacity he studied journalism at the University of Central Florida. Nick got his first start in the business as an intern for a website covering all things related to the NFL draft before spending two seasons covering the Florida football team at Bleacher Report. That job led him to GatorCountry. When he isn’t covering Gator sports, Nick enjoys hitting way too many shots on the golf course, attempting to keep up with his favorite t.v. shows and watching the Heat, Dolphins and Marlins. Follow him on twitter @NickdelatorreGC