Brian Baldinger Says Oregon DE Taylor Hart Reminds Him Of A Young Brett Keisel

He might not have a beard or any Super Bowl rings just yet, but one Oregon defensive player is already drawing comparisons to longtime Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel.

On a recent episode NFL Network’s “Path to the Draft“, NFL Media analyst Brian Baldinger gave Oregon defensive end Taylor Hart a huge compliment when he compared him to Keisel.

“Taylor Hart from the University of Oregon. He broke his foot at the end of the season but he was a four-year starter. He’s 6-foot-6, 280, can run and he’s got violent hands,” started Baldinger .

“To me, if I had to make a comparison now, he looks like a young Brett Keisel without the beard. He’s got a promising future as a five-technique in any 3-4 defense.”

When you look at Hart’s measurables from his Pro Day, you will notice that they’re not too far off from the numbers that Keisel posted way back in 2002 at the NFL Scouting Combine. In addition, Hart plays from a crouched-up frog like stance much like Keisel has for years.

In 13 games played last season, Hart registered 75 total tackles with six of those going for a loss. He also had 3.5 sacks, broke up five passes and forced thee fumbles. In my latest mock draft, I have the Steelers taking Hart with their compensatory pick in the fifth round.

While Hart should be flattered by the comparisons, he needs to improve several areas of his game before being able to play like Keisel at the NFL level.

Keisel was a slow developer himself, however, as he didn’t start his first game with the Steelers until his fifth year in the league. In his first four seasons in the league, Keisel recorded all of 46 total tackles and three sacks as a reserve defensive lineman.

The Steelers haven’t brought Hart in for a pre draft visit, but that doesn’t mean that they’re not interested in him. They reportedly had someone at his Pro Day, so there is a chance he could wind up in a Steelers uniform next month. If that happens, Hart might want to wait a while to grow a beard.

MeasurableTaylor Hart 2014 Pro DayBrett Keisel 2002 Combine
40 Yrd Dash4.854.89
20 Yrd Dash2.842.86
10 Yrd Dash1.641.77
225 Lb. Bench Reps2326
Vertical Jump3033 1/2
Broad Jump08’09”08’11”
20 Yrd Shuttle4.64.51
3-Cone Drill7.447.28

  • CuldesacBill

    I like this guy a lot as a developmental DL. There aren’t too many guys like him in this draft, maybe Josh Mauro from Stanford or Brent Urban from Virginia. Any of these three would fit the Steelers.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    Looking at Keisel’s combine numbers I couldn’t help but let out a chuckle as I thought to myself there’s no way he could be even remotely close to posting the same numbers if he were to do those drills today. I’ll give’m the bench press but that’s pretty much it. I just can’t get over how silly it would look. I mean no disrespect to the bearded one only that as we reach a certain age we realize our bodies aren’t as capable (and willing) of doing things as once we did in our youthful prime(s) is all. Kinda hoping we haven’t seen the last of him in a Steeler jersey…here’s to ya Brett..!!

  • nicolaisim

    DeAndre Coleman from Cal could also be candidate.
    Some say Will Clark also but I don’t think he’s stout enough.

  • CuldesacBill

    I like Coleman, too. He’s a little bigger than the others mentioned, but would also be a good fit.

  • grw1960

    Hart has been one of my favorites for awhile. I forget who it was but, 3-4 weeks ago another draft site said he was Kiesel like, actually was thinking the 4th round .

  • grw1960

    Like Clark, but seems more like a tweener who might be an OLB convert

  • James Kling

    Ben Gardner from Stanford? Combine snub, and was injured, but anchored that DL and recently put up some decent workout numbers.

  • Caesar

    I love Mauro. The guys from Alabama are interesting too, Stinson and Pagan. Stinson especially, though maybe a bit short for the Steelers’ liking.

  • Madi

    He put on 20 pounds since then. Before he took over as the starter, he was one of our top punt and kick coverage men. People forget what an athletic freak he was. He got down there like Keenan Lewis, and could break down and make the tackle.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Brent Urban would be my choice, but you are correct about misd round value in these selections.

  • Toddy Bravo

    There are some solid 3-4 DEs available in rounds 4-5 (Josh Mauro, Brent Urban, Taylor Hart), so I think that would be the perfect time in the Draft to add some D-line depth. I also think all 3 could start for us in a year or two. My preference is probably Mauro, but the other guys are growing on me. Gotta love the size and production of these players. It’s amazing to me that one or more may be available on day 3. What an unbelievably deep Draft! I already took off May 8-9 just so I won’t have any distractions in my “war room.” lol.

  • Toddy Bravo

    I just said basically the same thing before I read this. Round 4-5 appears to be the prime spot to take a DE.

  • Toddy Bravo

    Mauro is my guy too. Solid, blue collar worker.