The Kansas City Chiefs made an addition to their offensive line on Thursday by signing 25-year-old offensive tackle Jawaan Taylor.
Here are five things to know about the newest member of the squad.
1. Taylor originally entered the NFL as a second-round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Jaguars selected Taylor with the No. 35 overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft, making him the fifth offensive tackle selected that year. The 6-foot-5, 312-pound Taylor went on to earn the Jaguars' starting right tackle job out of training camp and never relinquished it, starting every game at that spot from 2019 through last season.
2. He was one of the top free agents available on the open market according to multiple outlets.
Taylor was the No. 16 overall player in Pro Football Focus' free agency rankings entering the offseason. Here's a portion of what they had to say about Taylor:
"Taylor had a career year as a pass protector, earning his highest pass-blocking grade with a 76.4 mark that landed him in the top 25 among tackles on the year. Taylor allowed pressure on just 2.5% of dropbacks, the third-lowest mark among tackles in the NFL."
3. Taylor only allowed 16 total pressures in 17 games last season.
Taylor was among the best in the business at protecting his quarterback last season, surrendering just 16 pressures in 17 regular-season games. For context, Taylor yielded the fewest pressures among all tackles to tally at least 1,000 snaps (a pool of 28 players).
It was the best statistical season of Taylor's career, but it continued what has been an upward trend. He surrendered just 34 total pressures in 17 games two seasons ago, which ranked ninth among tackles with 1,000+ snaps (a pool of 22 players).
4. He hasn't missed a start in his four-year career.
Taylor has been as dependable as they come throughout his young career. He never missed a start during his four years in Jacksonville – suiting up for 66 consecutive games – and he logged at least 1,000 snaps in each of the last four seasons.
The 25-year-old Taylor is one of only seven offensive linemen (regardless of position) to start all 66 possible games since 2019.
5. He played his college ball at the University of Florida.
Much like his professional career, Taylor earned a starting role for the Gators as a true freshman and never looked back. He started 35 games during his time in Gainesville, contributing to an offensive line that surrendered just 18 total sacks in 2018.
It's also worth mentioning that two of Taylors' new teammates – wide receiver Kadarius Toney and punter Tommy Townsend – played with him at Florida.
Taylor has established himself as one of the league's best offensive tackles in the time since his college days, and now in Kansas City, he'll aim to help the Chiefs defend their world championship.
A look at the Chiefs newest offensive tackle Jawaan Taylor