Who Is Dadrion Taylor-Demerson? Height, Weight, Age, and More

Texas Tech safety Dadrion Taylor-Demerson is a solid prospect in the 2024 NFL Draft. Here's everything to know about him ahead of the annual event.

Texas Tech safety Dadrion Taylor-Demerson had a standout offseason and has the skill set to make an early and profound impact at the NFL level.

Here is everything to know about Taylor-Demerson ahead of the 2024 NFL Draft.

How Tall Is Dadrion Taylor-Demerson?

Taylor-Demerson stands at 5’10 3/8″. His height makes him a compact, low-to-the-ground defender, but he has below-average size for a safety, and only has average length and reach.

How Much Does Taylor-Demerson Weigh?

Taylor-Demerson weighs in at 197 pounds. He packs a lot of mass inside his frame, but, again, he has below-average size for a safety.

How Old Is Taylor-Demerson?

Taylor-Demerson was born on Jan. 20, 2001, and is 23 years old. He attended Carl Albert High School in Midwest City, Oklahoma, where he played running back.

As a senior, Taylor-Demerson was named the Oklahoma 5A Player of the Year after rushing for 1,365 yards and 24 touchdowns. For his career, he had 4,611 rushing yards.

What School Did Taylor-Demerson Go To?

Taylor-Demerson was a three-star recruit and committed to Texas Tech out of high school over offers from Air Force, Army, and Utah State, and switched to the defensive side of the ball.

Revisiting Taylor-Demerson’s College Career

Taylor-Demerson became a regular in both the secondary and on special teams as a true freshman and appeared in 11 games overall with two starts at safety after missing only the regular-season finale at Texas.

Taylor-Demerson was one of four true freshmen on the defensive side of the ball to appear in five or more games. He totaled 16 tackles on the year, including one for a loss, to go along with a fumble recovery.

As a sophomore, Taylor-Demerson appeared in all 10 games with three starts. He earned the start at the Spur (linebacker-safety hybrid) position over the final three games of the season against Baylor, Oklahoma State, and Kansas.

He matched his total in tackles from his 2019 true freshman season despite playing in one less game and shared one tackle for a loss on the year.

Taylor-Demerson put together a breakout season in the secondary as a junior, appearing in 12 of 13 games overall, missing only the season-opening win over Houston due to a preseason injury.

He made 62 tackles (41 solo) from his spot in the secondary, which ranked fourth on the team and second among defensive backs, and doubled his career total for tackles coming into the season.

Taylor-Demerson had 10 pass breakups and a team-leading three interceptions and combined for 13 passes defensed, which led the team.

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In his senior year, Taylor-Demerson appeared in all 13 games as a safety, with 12 starts overall. He ranked third on the team with 74 tackles (54 solo), including 5.5 for a loss and one sack. He also led all defensive backs in tackles with no one within 10 stops of him.

In his final year in 2023, Taylor-Demerson was arguably one of Texas Tech’s top leaders, especially on defense. He was one of five Red Raiders to start in all 13 games and one of two to do so on defense.

Taylor-Demerson ranked third on the team with 73 total tackles (53 solo), including 1.5 for loss, and one sack. He also led the team with four interceptions and was second overall with eight pass breakups.

Taylor-Demerson’s Potential in the NFL

Pro Football Network draft analyst Ian Cummings said Taylor-Demerson stands out as an NFL player on a college defense.

“Almost any role you need, Taylor-Demerson can fulfill it. He’s shown he can play in the slot in off-man with his crisp pedal, foot speed, and fluidity. He can enforce in support with his speed coming downhill and his willing physicality, and he can also adapt on play-action looks,” Cummings wrote.

“Not only is Taylor-Demerson a surefire early-round talent, but he’s also one of the most versatile DBs in the class — worth early-to-mid Day 2 capital.

“Taylor-Demerson’s best reps come in space when he’s aligned as a field safety, either in two-high or single-high. Taylor-Demerson is a sharp processor, an active communicator, and a rangy playmaker with center-fielder reach.”

KEEP READING: Ian Cummings’ Full Scouting Report of Dadrion Taylor-Demerson

Taylor-Demerson’s strengths, according to Cummings, include having the fluidity to make swift 180-degree transitions to regain hip leverage in trail coverage and being an energized mover with a smooth pedal who can make swift transitions on triggers.

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