Name: Taylor Upshaw
Weight: 246 lbs.
High school: Bradenton (FL) Braden River
Position: Defensive end
Class: Redshirt freshman
Jersey number: #91
Last year: I ranked Upshaw #91 and said he would redshirt (LINK). He did not see game action.
TTB Rating: 73
This will be an interesting year for Upshaw. As a bit of a project coming out of high school (he didn’t play football until his junior year), I didn’t expect him to play as a true freshman. As the son of a former NFL player, the potential would seem to be there.
However, there has not been any buzz on him, and he’s still listed at 246 lbs., which is pretty light for a guy who’s headed for strongside end, or perhaps even 3-tech, by the time his career is done. I have him higher in the ranking than I probably should, but Michigan’s loss of so many defensive linemen from last year (Rashan Gary, Chase Winovich, Bryan Mone, Lawrence Marshall, Aubrey Solomon, Ron Johnson Jr.) might give someone like Upshaw more opportunities.
Prediction: Backup defensive end