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What the Cincinnati Bengals are getting in Nebraska football's Cam Taylor-Britt in 2022 NFL draft

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Jacob Shames

Montgomery Advertiser

 

Nebraska cornerback Cam Taylor-Britt, a former star quarterback at Park Crossing, was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the second round of the NFL Draft with the 60th overall pick.

 

Taylor-Britt began his high school career at Prattville before transferring to Park Crossing for his senior year. In 2017, he threw for 1,466 yards and 16 touchdowns and added 1,030 yards and 14 touchdowns rushing, leading the Thunderbirds to a 10-2 record and earning Class 6A first-team all-state honors.

 

A three-star athlete, Taylor-Britt signed with Nebraska, which recruited him to play defensive back. He became a three-year starter for the Huskers and was an All-Big Ten second-team selection in 2020 and 2021.

 

Taylor-Britt totaled 140 tackles, five interceptions, 22 pass breakups, 10 tackles for loss, five sacks and four forced fumbles in his Nebraska career. As a senior, he made 51 tackles and defended 11 passes.

 

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8. CAM TAYLOR-BRITT | Nebraska 5105 | 196 lbs. | SR. Montgomery, Ala. (Park Crossing) 10/15/1999 (age 22.54) #5
BACKGROUND: Cameron “Cam” Taylor-Britt, who is the oldest of three children, grew up in Montgomery, where he played running back and defensive back in youth
football. He attended Prattville High and saw immediate varsity reps as a freshman. Taylor-Britt played wide receiver and safety as a sophomore but missed most of
the year with a knee injury. He transitioned to quarterback as a junior, but his 2016 season was cut short because of another knee injury. Taylor-Britt transferred to
Park Crossing High during the second semester of his junior year to play his final season of high school football. Replacing Malik Cunningham (who signed with
Louisville) at quarterback, Taylor-Britt led Park Crossing to a 10-2 record and the second round of the Class 6A playoffs. He earned 2017 First Team Class 6A All-State
honors with 2,496 total yards (1,466 passing, 1,030 rushing) and 30 total touchdowns (16 passing, 14 rushing).
A three-star recruit out of high school, Taylor-Britt was the No. 60 athlete in the 2018 recruiting class and the No. 25 recruit in the state of Alabama. His first offer was
from Michigan followed by several other FBS programs, who were split on his best position between wide receiver and defensive back. Taylor-Britt originally
committed to Missouri the summer before his senior year before decommitting three months later. He had a relationship with coach Scott Frost and became a part of
his first recruiting class at Nebraska (as a defensive back). He legally added “Britt” to his last name in the summer of 2019 to reflect his stepfather (Darrell Britt) who
was also his defensive backs coach in middle and high school. His younger brother (Jaden) is a defensive back at West Alabama. Taylor-Britt graduated with a degree
in criminology and criminal justice (December 2021). He accepted his invitation to the 2022 Senior Bowl.
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YEAR (GP/GS) TKLS TFL SACK FF PD INT NOTES
2018: (11/0) 12 0.0 0.0 0 3 0
2019: (11/10) 49 3.0 1.5 4 6 3 Seven starts at SS, three at CB; Led team in INTs, FFs; 38-yard INT TD; Missed one game (illness)
2020: (7/7) 28 3.0 0.0 0 6 2 CB; Second Team All-Big Ten; Led team in PD, INTs
2021: (12/12) 51 3.0 1.0 0 12 1 CB; Second Team All-Big Ten; Led team in PD; Blocked FG; Team captain
Total: (41/29) 140 9.0 2.5 4 27 6
HT WT ARM HAND WING 40-YD 20-YD 10-YD VJ BJ SS 3C BP
COMBINE 5105 196 31 1/2 10 75 4.38 2.56 1.54 - - - - - (no jumps, shuttles, bench press – choice)
PRO DAY 5105 207 31 1/4 9 1/8 75 1/2 - - - 33 1/2 9’11” 4.13 6.93 - (stood on Combine runs; no bench)
STRENGTHS: Impressive size/speed/strength athlete … keeps his feet underneath him to match different types of receivers from press or off-coverage … tracks the
ball well downfield to disrupt the catch point … receiver background and averaged 25.5 yards per interception return with one pick-six (6/150/1) … the word
“physical” showed up more than any other word in my film study notes on him … uses his length and aggressive mentality to challenge receivers and quickly
disengage from blocks … casts a wide net as a run defender … energetic by nature and the coaches say the temperature of the room rises when he enters … first-in,
last-out type of guy and was voted a senior captain … experienced at both cornerback and safety … started 29 of Nebraska’s last 30 games.
WEAKNESSES: Upright pattern movements … quick-twitch receivers will expose lagging redirect skills … often turns his hips at the snap and finds his body positioned
incorrectly downfield … can be run off the top of routes and late to sink/react at the stem … his route anticipation remains a work in progress … grabby tendencies
(eight total penalties the last two seasons) … inexperienced jam technique in press … guilty of biting on play-action and backfield fakes … eager run defender, but he
had multiple missed tackles on several tapes … has some punt return experience but was a below-average decision-maker in this role … avoided injury in college, but
missed most of his sophomore and junior years in high school: he suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee (September 2015) as a sophomore and required surgery;
he suffered a torn ACL, two meniscal tears and a fractured patella in his right knee (September 2016) and required surgery.
SUMMARY: A three-year starter at Nebraska, Taylor-Britt lined up at left cornerback in defensive coordinator Erik Chinander’s 4-2-5 base scheme. An All-State
quarterback in high school, he transitioned to the secondary full-time in Lincoln and was productive on (24 passes defended and six interceptions during the last three
seasons) and off (energetic and locker room leader) the field. Along with his plus size and length, Taylor-Britt has the springy athleticism and body control to disrupt
passes and the toughness to be a force in run support, which will translate to cornerback or safety. He played a lot of bail and side-saddle technique in college and his
patchy transition skills often left him out of position in coverage and contributed to missed tackles. Overall, Taylor-Britt must improve his route recognition at all
levels, but his physical traits (size, length, athleticism), competitive nature, and ball skills give him NFL starting potential in press-man or zone-heavy schemes.
GRADE: 2nd-3rd Round (No. 57 overall)

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I like Zac more and more every time he talks.  It's funny how people dogged him so much just saying he was. a McVey guy is the only reason he had a chance.... Maybe true, but he has proven en that he can coach. 

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In today’s NFL you need a QB who can throw downfield, targets to throw to and a way to stop the other QB from doing same.  Edge rushers and CBs get paid for a reason.  The more good young CHEAP ones (rookie contract) we have the better. 
 

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15 hours ago, Jamie_B said:

Both guys will get to play teams right away. 

 

Hill is also a gunner

 

Taylor-Britt a punt returner.

 

I think Britt will get played like Adam Jones, or he busts out into a starting role.  I don't think he will get stuck returning punts, at least not for very long if he does.

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On 4/29/2022 at 9:53 PM, BlackJesus said:

Since CTB was an All-state 3-star QB coming out of HS and can throw it 85 yards, I think the Bengals could also list him as the emergency 3rd QB on game day. Not even joking. 

 

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Dude shrunk since HS?  Hahaha. 

 

I like it.  Can't have too much depth in the defensive backfield.  Honestly, I hope Apple plays well, but would it surprise anyone if he started getting burned a lot?  Depth baby.

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For what it's worth, The Athletic had an article on biggest reaches and steals in the draft in terms of pick value. They had CTB as a big reach since he was taken at 60 (after a trade up) but ranked at 86 on the consensus big board (which has a pretty good history of predicting NFL success). 

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JMHO, but I see this guy and Dax as both being first round quality picks.

In my mind, we had two first round selections.  Love both these picks

and that the D backfield got instantly stronger to say nothing of our

special teams.  Yeah, obviously not Joe and Ja'marr first round picks

but considering where we picked and the guys and positions (plural) they

can play... back to back home runs (and likely the only back to back home

runs we will see in Cincinnati this year).

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9 minutes ago, High School Harry said:

JMHO, but I see this guy and Dax as both being first round quality picks.

In my mind, we had two first round selections.  Love both these picks

and that the D backfield got instantly stronger to say nothing of our

special teams.  Yeah, obviously not Joe and Ja'marr first round picks

but considering where we picked and the guys and positions (plural) they

can play... back to back home runs (and likely the only back to back home

runs we will see in Cincinnati this year).

Totally agree ..

I know Kyle Hamilton was touted as the top safety but Hill is close..

 

Taylor-Britt was an outstanding choice to solidify the secondary even more..

 

Bengals took a strong group and gave it quality depth..

Great job ..

 

 

 

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