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NFL Draft 2013 – Jamar Taylor of Boise St -
Draft Insiders' Yearbook Scouting Report
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Photo – CB Jamar Taylor – Boise St.
CB Jamar Taylor #5 - Boise State - 5’11” 190 - Speed 4.40 - Hindu Theory: DeAngelo Hall
Fast athletic senior corner completed his career starting three seasons while earning MWC honors his final two seasons. Jamar had a strong performance over the 2012 season and postseason as one of the nation’s premier cover defenders. He started in the BSU program since his sophomore season with 34 starts out of 47 games. He flashed well-developed talent over that period with consistency in both run and pass defense. He has developed into one of the nation’s premier cover men which earned an invitation to the Senior Bowl where he had a strong week. He is a good athlete with adequate size and outstanding natural cover skills including excellent speed and quickness to match up with fast NFL caliber receivers. He has a strong compact frame with the skill set to play early as a pro. He is a quick twitch corner with very good footwork, fine closing speed and sound instincts to start in any scheme with some development. He breaks on the ball very quickly with the catch up speed to make up for mistakes if he doesn’t surrender too much ground early on the down. He has natural movement skills with the ability to flip his hips and quickly come out of his breaks with a smooth transition. He can mirror receivers well in man situations and has the flexibility to plant and drive on the ball. His suddenness, quickness and COD skills allow him to gamble and make plays. He is a well-developed prospect who performed at a high level and showed the natural athleticism to man the NFL corner position. He gets fooled by double moves in coverage and needs reps and discipline in all the basics of the position. He has a fine low backpedal with the burst out of it to close quickly and break up passes. He has keen instincts in zone coverage with fine awareness and the ability to trust his eyes to react to the ball or routes. Despite his smallish frame, he can be a reliable tackler in run support and shows the ability to come up with improving tackling technique. In the open field, he can be a reliable tackler and breaks down well in space. As a senior, he started all 13 games and made 51 tackles with 4 picks, 3 FF and 9 PBU, earning 1st team MWC honors. As a junior, he started 9 of 9 games, missing four games due to a broken leg. He made 27 tackles with 2 picks and 6 PBU in a solid overall effort. As a sophomore, he started all 12 games and had 35 tackles, 3 FF, no interceptions and 2 PBU in a good performance. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 5’10” and 193 lbs. He ran 4.39 and 4.46 times with a fast 1.55 time in the 1st ten yards. He also added a 35” VJ and a 10’7” BJ. He did 22 reps with a 4.06 in the short shuttle and a 6.82 in three cone with good overall positional drills. As a corner, he has good recovery speed and has definite NFL starting ability with the toughness and coverage skills to be an every down defender and possibly as a rookie. He is disciplined consistently in zone coverage and has good initial play recognition to win a full time starting job. His high level of development indicates he can either start or play the nickel corner role immediately. He is similar to DeAngelo Hall in size, AA and in overall development. Rising well developed corner who is one of the best pure cover man in this class. Probable early 2nd day selection with the physical package to develop into an early starter. Rising top 60 prospect with highly developed skill set to be rookie starter. Clubs like the Dolphins, Steelers and Packers are interested in 2nd round. Solid early starter with high level.
Draft Projection: 2nd Round
Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 18 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.