In order to familiarize fans with some of the top names in the 2013 NFL Draft, Chargers.com will be highlighting a different prospect each weekday leading up to the first day of the draft on April 25th.
We continue the series with a scouting report of Boise State cornerback Jamar Taylor.
Name: Jamar Taylor
School: Boise State
Weight: 192 LBS
Some well-known NFL players graduated from Helix High School here in San Diego, including current stars Reggie Bush and Alex Smith.
Jamar Taylor looks to be the next alum to make noise at the highest level.
Behind another standout campaign from Taylor his senior year, Boise State finished fourth in the country in pass defense and surrendered just three touchdowns all season. A First Team All-Mountain West selection, he finished the season with 51 tackles, 3.5 stops for a loss, 2.5 sacks, four interceptions, three forced fumbles and nine passes defensed.
Taylor pieced together a strong combine performance, which along with his impressive play on the field improved his draft stock. Among all cornerbacks, he finished fourth in the 40-yard dash, running a 4.39, and tied for the most reps with 22 on the bench press.
Naturally instinctive, Taylor is very physical in coverage. He has great speed and fluid hips, which allows him to stay step for step with the receiver. It’s important to note that he is effective in both man and zone schemes, which is an important tool to have. Taylor also is active in the run game and doesn’t shy away from contact.
While he is an aggressive playmaker, he needs to improve his ball skills to have an even bigger impact on the game. But overall, Taylor is a hard worker with a knack for being an impact player, and as a result figures to hear his name called relatively early on draft night.
40-yard Dash: 4.39
Bench Press: 22
Vertical Jump: 35.0 inches
Broad Jump: 137.0 inches
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