2019 #61 Los Angeles Rams - Taylor Rapp, S, Washington
NFL Draft Scout
OUTLOOK: Chris Petersen has helped the Washington return to national prominence in part due to a focus on recruiting OKGs, or what he calls "Our Kind of Guys." A perfect example of this is Rapp, a Chinese-American from a city just south of the Canadian border who began his college career labeled as "just" a three-star talent from recruiting experts. In the three years since, however, Rapp has earned recognition as the PAC-12's Freshman Defensive Player of the Year, a First Team all-conference choice at safety as a sophomore, a consensus All-American in 2018 and emerged as one of the cleanest NFL prospects available, regardless of position, in the country. Sure, ball-skills and straight-line speed are important but the single most critical element to safety play remains being a reliable open-field tackler. He has defied odds his entire life and is expected to be the highest-drafted Asian player ever in NFL history (Ed Wang, Round 5, Pick 140 in 2010).