Taylor Moton
Moton with the Carolina Panthers in 2018
No. 72 – Carolina Panthers
Position:Offensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1994-08-18) August 18, 1994 (age 27)
Lansing, Michigan
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:325 lb (147 kg)
Career information
High school:Okemos (Okemos, Michigan)
College:Western Michigan
NFL Draft:2017 / Round: 2 / Pick: 64
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 3, 2021
Games played:67
Games started:51
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Taylor Moton (born August 18, 1994) is an American football offensive tackle for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Western Michigan. He was drafted by the Panthers in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Early years

Moton attended Okemos High School in Okemos, Michigan. He played football, basketball and ran track.

College career

Moton played at Western Michigan from 2012 to 2016.[1][2][3] During his career he set a school record with 52 career starts.[4][5]

Professional career

Moton received an invitation to the Senior Bowl and played offensive tackle for the North who lost 15-16 to the South.[6] He attended the NFL Combine and completed all of the combine and positional drills. A dozen NFL scouts attended Western Michigan's Pro Day, as Moton only ran positional drills with 13 other prospects.[7] NFL draft experts and analysts projected him to be a second or third round pick in the 2017 NFL draft. He was ranked the fourth best offensive tackle in the draft by NFL analyst Mike Mayock and was ranked the fifth best offensive tackle by Sports Illustrated, NFLDraftScout.com, and ESPN.[8][9][10]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 5+14 in
(1.96 m)
319 lb
(145 kg)
34+18 in
(0.87 m)
10+58 in
(0.27 m)
5.18 s 1.84 s 3.01 s 4.58 s 7.73 s 30+12 in
(0.77 m)
9 ft 1 in
(2.77 m)
23 reps
All values from NFL Combine[11][12]

The Carolina Panthers selected Moton in the second round (64th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft.[13] The pick used to select Moton was acquired in a trade with the New England Patriots in a trade that sent Kony Ealy to the Patriots. On May 4, 2017, the Carolina Panthers signed Moton to a four-year, $4.15 million contract with $2.28 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $1.16 million.[14]

Moton was named the Panthers starting right tackle in 2018, and started every game the next three seasons.

Set to be an unrestricted free agent, the Panthers placed the franchise tag on Moton on March 9, 2021.[15] He signed the one-year contract two days later.[16] On July 15, 2021, Moton signed a four-year, $71.25 million contract extension with the Panthers, worth $43 million in guarantees.[17]


  1. ^ Western's Moton out to enhance pro stock at Senior Bowl
  2. ^ WMU's Taylor Moton watches teammates get drafted, eager for next year
  3. ^ Western Michigan bookend tackles power Broncos, show NFL promise
  4. ^ Okemos grad Taylor Moton won big with Western Michigan
  5. ^ Combine notes: Western Michigan's Taylor Moton brings flexibility
  6. ^ "Senior Bowl: 2017 North Team". seniorbowl.com. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  7. ^ Cory Olsen (March 16, 2017). "NFL scouts test Western Michigan players at pro day". mlive.com. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  8. ^ Chris Burke (April 24, 2017). "2017 NFL Draft Rankings: Top Prospects by Position". si.com. Retrieved June 3, 2017.
  9. ^ Jeff Legwold (April 22, 2017). "Ranking the 2017 Draft's Top 100 Players". ESPN.com. Retrieved June 3, 2017.
  10. ^ Mike Mayock (April 12, 2017). "Mike Mayock's 2017 NFL Draft position rankings 3.0". NFL.com. Retrieved June 3, 2017.
  11. ^ "NFL Draft Profile: Taylor Moton". NFL.com. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  12. ^ "Taylor Moton, DS #5 OT, Western Michigan". nfldraftscout.com. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  13. ^ Strickland, Bryan (April 28, 2017). "Panthers draft Taylor Moton in second round". Panthers.com.
  14. ^ "Spotrac.com: Taylor Moton contract". Spotrac.com. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  15. ^ Gantt, Darin (March 9, 2021). "Panthers place franchise tag on right tackle Taylor Moton". Panthers.com. Retrieved March 9, 2021.
  16. ^ Scott, Jelani (March 11, 2021). "Panthers OL Taylor Moton signs franchise tender two days after being tagged". NFL.com. Retrieved March 11, 2021.
  17. ^ Patra, Kevin (July 15, 2021). "Taylor Moton, Panthers agree to terms on four-year, $71.25M extension ahead of deadline". NFL.com.