Just over 18 years after his father became an NFL player, Kelvin Taylor is once again stuntin' like his daddy. The former Florida running back was selected by the San Francisco 49ers late in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft on Saturday with the No. 211 overall pick.
Taylor came to Florida as a ballyhooed recruit and as legendary a son as Florida football has ever minted, having broken nearly every state rushing record at Glades Day in Belle Glade while making his own name outside father Fred's shadow. But due to two years spent behind Matt Jones, ill-fitting schemes, generally underwhelming quarterback play, and his own limitations, the younger Taylor didn't truly break through until 2015, rushing for 1,035 yards on almost exactly four yards per carry and scoring 13 rushing touchdowns.
Taylor has the pedigree for the NFL, considering his father's more than 10,000 rushing yards as a Jaguar and Patriot, but his own skills are more marginal: Without top-end speed or great size, the younger Taylor has depended on above-average quickness and great vision to get his yardage. And while those traits would seem ideal for an offense like the spread option that new 49ers coach Chip Kelly has run throughout his head coaching career, it remains to be seen if Kelly will be able to install that with the 49ers, or will be limited in his decision-making by the 49ers' powerful front office.
Taylor will reunite with multiple former Florida teammates in The City by the Bay, as Trenton Brown (now Trent) stuck with the Niners after being drafted in 2015, and former Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel was selected by the team just a few spots before it picked Taylor.