It was his size/speed combination that got him drafted in the fourth round back in 2003, even though he was an extremely raw cornerback. Six years later, he's apparently just as fast. According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Taylor was recently timed at 4.26 in the 40-yard dash electronically.
His sprint coach Tim Shaw says that Taylor's the fastest football player he's ever coached. That wouldn't mean that much if you didn't know that Shaw has also coached Deion Sanders and Titans' running back Chris Johnson. (You can see him say it on video after the jump.)
Shaw gives Taylor the nod over Sanders in the speed department.
"Ike is the fastest kid I've ever trained,'' Shaw said.
Shaw said that would include Tennessee running back Chris Johnson, who ran the fastest time ever at the combine (4.24), and Sanders, who ran a 4.27 for No. 2 on the combine list.
There's no doubt that Taylor is fast, but it's hard to believe he's faster than Sanders, who is generally considered the fastest player of the past couple of decades and maybe the fastest ever. But he is probably the fastest Steeler--faster than "Fast Willie" Parker.But Steelers fans should take notice that Taylor singled out rookie wide receiver Mike Wallace is someone who could challenge his title of "fastest Steeler."
And he can now say he can run fast enough for a speeding ticket. He was clocked on radar at 26 mph during his training down in Florida.