With no Wildcats selected in the NFL Draft, luckily former Wildcat J.J. Taylor signed with the New England Patriots on a three-year deal.
The 2020 NFL Draft is long gone at this point, and once again, no players from the University of Arizona were selected. Even running back J.J. Taylor, whom many, even including myself, thought he would be selected.
Despite being just 5-feet-5-inches and 185 pounds, in my opinion, Taylor showed enough at Arizona that made him deserving of being drafted. Luckily, it didn’t take long after the draft for him to get picked up.
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Now if you may recall back a few weeks ago, I actually outlined a few teams that I felt he would be a good fit for. And coincidentally, one of the teams I suggested (New England), actually picked him up via free agency.
To reiterate, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has done a tremendous job in putting together a great system in place that has allowed guys like; Danny Woodhead, Rex Burkhead and Dion Lewis among others to succeed at the running back position.
While that’s not to say Taylor will indeed have similar success as those players, however, he draws some similarities, and the possibility of him seeing success in New England is there in my opinion.
With that said, it appears New England values what Taylor has to offer as well, giving him one of the larger contract guarantees for a undrafted free agent.
On Tuesday, ESPN’s Mike Reiss was revealed that Taylor had signed a three-year deal with the Patriots, that will pay him $100,000 guaranteed. He also has signed a $7,500 signing bonus!
This is certainly a great feat for Taylor as he prepares for the next level, and we know he’s going to be ready!
I know at Zona Zealots, we’re wishing him all the best and hope he can prove to others why we feel he is a special player! As always, Bear Down, Arizona!