Notes: Father, Anthony, played linebacker at San Francisco State, and uncle, Ken Taylor, played two years as a return man/cornerback with the Bears and Chargers (1985-86). Aaron was a highly recruited Parade and USA Today All-American out of Texas who amassed 277 tackles and 12 blocked kicks in his last two years in high school while starring as a safety. Also played basketball and competed in track and field. As a true freshman in 2008, played all 13 games (one start) and recorded 16 tackles, three pass breakups and one interception with one tackle for loss, one forced fumble and four blocked punts. Started all 13 games at left cornerback in '09 and totaled 44-8-3 with six tackles for loss, two sacks and two forced fumbles. Did not play against UCF (bruised right knee). Saw action in 11 games in '10, starting nine (four at nickel, three at LCB, two at RCB), and posted 46-12-0 with five tackles for loss, one sack, three forced fumbles and a blocked kick. Also returned 11 punts for 86 yards (7.8-yard average).
Positives: Has very good size - carries an NFL physique with good press strength at the line to hem receivers. Very good athletic ability. Outstanding body control. Loose hips - pedals smoothly and is quick-footed and agile to mirror. Flashes playmaking ability and makes plays on the ball. Posted a 37½-inch vertical leap and broad-jumped 10 feet, 7 inches at the Combine. Strong, secure open-field tackler. Highly competitive and versatile - can line up in the slot, outside or as safety. Matched up very well against Oklahoma WR Ryan Broyles the past two years and has the agility and short-area burst to blanket quickness in the slot. Has NFL pedigree.
Negatives: Appeared heavier and a shade slower as a junior. Eyes get caught in the backfield. Can improve route recognition and be more disciplined with his eyes in zone coverage. Was beaten vertically by Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon. Inconsistent footwork and technique in off coverage - loses separation and lacks elite recovery burst to regain positioning at the break point. Could do a better job of discarding blockers vs. the run and does not consistently play big. Did not record an interception as a junior.
Summary: Looks the part and displays ease of movement and natural cover skills that cannot be taught. However, was victimized more often as a junior, with the absence of Seahawks '10 first-rounder Earl Thomas noticeably limiting help over the top, and did not play with the same confidence he showed the year before. Could bring immediate help manning the slot but might be best transitioning to center field if he proves he can handle lining up the secondary. Versatility is a plus.