Taylor Rapp may not have ended up as a 1st round pick but he’s officially an NFL player now after being taken by the Los Angeles Rams with the 29th pick in the 2nd round (61st overall). Rapp becomes the 2nd Husky safety in the past 3 drafts to be taken in the 2nd round joining Budda Baker who went 36th overall in the 2017 draft.
Coming into this past season Rapp was viewed as one of if not the best safety prospect in the country. He certainly lived up to the hype on the field as he was named 1st team all Pac-12 and either a 1st team or 2nd team All-American by almost every outlet. Rapp finished 2018 with 59 tackles, 5 sacks, and 2 INTs but missed the Rose Bowl due to a hip injury. Unfortunately for Taylor, the hip injury was an issue in pre-draft workouts and a 4.78 40-yard dash caused him to drop to a fringe 2nd/3rd round prospect on many draft boards. However, Rapp’s functional playing speed is clearly much better than his straight line speed and it seems difficult to imagine he won’t be an incredibly productive NFL player with his combination of elite coverage skills and sound tackling.
You can check out our interview with Taylor from earlier this week here.
Congrats to Taylor and we look forward to seeing him represent the UW in the NFL for many years to come!