NEW YORK CITY – After a standout senior season that saw him earn consensus All-American honors at the University of Richmond, Cooper Taylor was selected with the 19th pick (152nd overall) in the fifth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday.
“We are all very excited for Cooper as he pursues a career in the National Football League,” Richmond head football coach Danny Rocco said. “Cooper has been an outstanding ambassador for our university and I am certain that he will continue to make us proud as he takes his talents to the New York Giants organization.”
Taylor is the 49th Richmond football player to be selected in the NFL Draft since 1941 and the first since DB Justin Rogers was taken in the seventh round by the Buffalo Bills in the 2010 NFL Draft.
After showing his first two seasons at Georgia Tech and then his junior season at Richmond, Taylor had a breakout season for the Spiders in 2012, earning All-America honors from Phil Steele, the Associated Press, The Sports Network and Walter Camp.
The Atlanta, Ga. native was also named Second-Team All-America by Beyond College Sports as well as The Touchdown Club of Richmond's Division I National Defensive Back of the Year.
On the season, Taylor totaled 78 tackles, 5.0 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and four interceptions in 2012. Taylor started all 10 games he appeared in at safety for the Spiders and was a constant force, earning First-Team All-CAA honors from the league’s coaches.
Not only a standout on the playing field, Taylor was also excellent in the classroom. Taylor was named a First-Team Capital One Academic All-American, as well as the CAA Football Scholar Athlete of the Year.