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Road to the NFL Draft: Taylor Decker

Position: Offensive tackle

School: Ohio State

Combine measurables: 6-foot-7, 310 pounds

Combine stats: 40-yard dash: 5.23 seconds. Bench press: 20 reps. Broad jump: 9 feet, 3 inches. 3-cone drill: 7.70 seconds. 20-yard shuttle: 4.76 seconds.

Career stats: 54 games, 42 starts.

Draft projection: First-second round.

Lowdown: Decker might have been a first-round draft pick after Ohio State’s 2014 national championship season, but elected to come back to school for his final year. … He won the 2015 Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year. … A former high school basketball player, Decker has solid footwork. A three-year starter for the Buckeyes, Decker’s leadership has been applauded by scouts. … Projects on the right side at the NFL level, and should be a force in the run game. … Started the final 42 games of his college career, the final 28 of which came on the left side. … First start was a memorably poor one against UB’s Khalil Mack, but Decker’s career has gotten much better since. … Made a pre-draft visit with the Buffalo Bills.

They said it: “Long, rangy edge blocker with workmanlike game and solid fundamentals. Decker doesn’t wow observers with his athleticism or fancy footwork, but he consistently wins on the edge, keeping defenders at bay with his superb technique.” – NFL Network draft analyst Bucky Brooks

– Jay Skurski

The Buffalo News is profiling 50 prospects in 50 days leading up to the NFL Draft, which begins April 28.

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