EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Cooper Taylor isn't your ordinary NFL safety.
The New York Giants' fifth-round draft pick is big for a defensive back by any standard. He's 6-foot-4 and 228 pounds. Seeing him for the first time at a rookie camp Friday, some teammates sized him up and felt he was either a wide receiver or a quarterback.
The Giants and defensive coordinator Perry Fewell, however, expect other things from Taylor. With his size and speed, he has the potential of being that third safety in New York's three-safety defensive package, the one who can play in the box and stop the run or cover those big, quick tight ends downfield.
What's even more interesting is Taylor's background. He's made it this far despite a heart condition that required surgery four years ago.