Alontae Taylor, a former Tennessee Vols defensive back. Taken 49th overall by the New Orleans Saints in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Taylor is the first Vol to be drafted in the draft and the 85th player from Tennessee this century. Taylor becomes the second Vol to be prepared in his class in the last two years, joining Josh Palmer.
Taylors joins former Tennessee players Shy Tuttle, Marquez Callaway, and Alvin Kamara on the primary roster in New Orleans.
Like his 2021 teammate Velus Jones Jr., Taylor had a strong offseason going through the draft process. The Manchester, Tennessee, native garnered notoriety during the Reese’s Senior Bowl after recording an interception for the American team, the game’s only turnover forced.
Taylor even received a special mention from Jim Nagy, the Senior Bowl’s Executive Director.
Alontae Taylor continued to impress at the NFL Combine. Also, running a 4.36 40-yard sprint to tie for fifth place among defensive backs who competed in Indianapolis.
Taylor stepped out of Tennessee’s bowl game versus Purdue, and the VFL benefited from the extra practice time.
“It is distinct. It’s something I’m certain I can accomplish. “Alontae Taylor discussed playing safety during Tennessee’s Pro Day availability. “I played a lot of nickel, primarily nickel over the corner. Knowing my game IQ and demonstrating that I understand the Xs and Os of the corner, safety. Also, nickel demonstrated a great deal about me and my ability to fit into any system. Adapt to the playbook, and play everywhere in the secondary.”