2013 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Boise State CB Jamar Taylor
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What makes Jamar Taylor such an exciting cornerback prospect is his well-rounded game. While playing at Boise State, he became proficient in both zone and man coverage, something that isn’t easy to come by in college cornerbacks. The physical tools are there, as Taylor has the size, frame and speed that NFL teams want. He shows good instincts in coverage and has exceptional hip flexibility when running with receivers. Even when his receiver does make the catch, Taylor does a great job of squaring up and making the sure tackle in the open field. Taylor is also a willing run defender who relies on competitiveness to make plays. When called upon, Taylor is extremely effective as a blitzer. During his days at Boise State, Taylor was considered one of the hardest workers on the team both on and off the field, leading to him being named team captain in 2012. Taylor isn’t one of the most well-known cornerbacks this class has to offer, but that just means that the team that drafts him could be getting quite the steal.
While he hasn’t received the attention that he deserves, there are some legitimate concerns about Taylor. Playing for Boise State, Taylor hasn’t seen the type of top-tier competition that NFL teams like to see from early-round cornerbacks. Despite his well-rounded approach, Taylor lacks the strength and arm length to consistently be depended on in press coverage. He will occasionally bite on double moves and has a tendency to peak into the backfield, evidence to the fact that his aggressiveness can be a burden at times. Despite being a capable run defender, Taylor takes inconsistent angles, often attacks with his head down, and is hesitant to take on blockers. The biggest hang up that teams will have is overlooking his knee problems, but those concerns can be put at ease by team doctors. Either way, durability will be a lingering issue moving forward.
How I see it
Taylor is an intriguing prospect who has all of the physical tools and well-rounded playing style that NFL teams covet in their cornerbacks. Considering his injury history, teams will be wary about spending too high of a pick on the Boise State product. Whether or not he improves against the run will be the difference between becoming a great NFL cornerback and an average one.
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