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Arizona’s J.J. Taylor measures under 5-foot-6 at combine, gets Cohen comp

The 2019 NFL Draft Combine was all about the one inch.

Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray stood above 5-foot-10, certifying he was just tall enough not to red-flag his prospects as an NFL quarterback. Judging from his success after being drafted first by the Arizona Cardinals and winning the AP Rookie of the Year Award, he broke some barriers for future quarterbacks.

As for the running back position, short is not a red flag. And short many of the running backs were on Tuesday as players were measured and weighed for the 2020 draft.

Arizona Wildcats product J.J. Taylor came out on top in terms of standing close to the bottom. He measured in well under 5-foot-6.

NFL Network’s Terrell Davis, a California native, has kept his eye on the former Corona, Calif., running back and name-dropped Taylor as a player to watch as the combine ramps up with drills in the coming days.

“I watched him for a long time. What I like about him is that he’s small — about 5-6 — but he’s got a huge heart,” Davis said. “He reminds me a little bit of (Chicago Bears receiver) Tarik Cohen … in terms of his ability to shift, but he’s got a little more wiggle room in his running ability. I think he’s going to look really good in those drills in terms of 20-yard shuttle, three-cone drill, maybe the 40 (-yard dash).”

Taylor rushed for 3,263 yards and 18 touchdowns (5.6 yards per carry) in four years in Tucson, adding 487 receiving yards and two more touchdowns.

He will join the running backs on the practice field for combine workouts this Friday in Indianapolis.