Jamar Taylor I Boise St. I CB I 5015 I 192 I Senior
40 Time : 4.39
Overview: Jamar Taylor was a three-year starter for the Broncos. Taylor was primarily the boundary corner but Boise’s use of multiple coverages gives him valuable experience in all techniques. He’s a playmaker with the kind of attitude to challenge the best of what the NFL has to offer. He’s a vastly underrated corner that could challenge in the second wave of corners, after Dee Milliner, Xavier Rhodes, and Desmond Trufant. The major knock on Taylor was a lack of competition as he didn’t get challenged often and didn’t play against great receiver competition. That said, he was solid at the Senior Bowl and showed well at the Combine in testing and drills.
Man Coverage: Taylor’s experience in off man and press man will pay dividends come draft day. He’s at this best when he’s physical at the line of scrimmage but that’s not taking away from his ability to play in off man. Taylor has excellent strength and redirects receivers with physicality. His arm length is usually a concern for press coverage but his technique made up for it and I think he has a future in heavy press coverage. He’s smooth in his backpedal and drives on the ball when it’s in the air as well as anyone in the draft. He has great straight line speed and flips his hips fairly well. Taylor’s aggressive nature makes him susceptible to double moves. He has a tendency to jump routes and relies on his recovery speed to make up for his over-aggression.
Zone Coverage: Jamar Taylor has plenty experience playing in zone coverage. He’s really solid reacting and making plays on the ball when the play is in front of him. Diagnoses route concepts and can drive on the route with quickness and aggression. He does have a tendency to lose guys in his zone by reading the backfield action and will have to play with restraint in zone at the next level.
Run Support: Solid in run support. At nearly 5015 and 192 pounds he plays like a much bigger corner in run support. Playing the boundary he was often at the line of scrimmage and used as an extra safety in edge support. If you want to be impressed with Taylor in run support turn on Michigan St. tape he takes on Le’Veon Bell despite giving up 50 pounds. He doesn’t shed blocks on the outside well but is best at avoiding and getting in on the action.
Size/Strength/Athleticism: At almost 5-foot-11, 192 pounds Taylor has above average size at the position. He’s strong in press technique and is a more than willing tackler. One of the better athletes in the class. His ability to high point and win jump ball situations adds to his 5015 frame. He’s explosive in driving on the ball. Solid but not spectacular hands.
Bottom Line: Jamar Taylor is going to carry a first round grade for me but will most likely fall into the second round of April’s draft. He’s got three years of starting experience for the Broncos and it shows with his instincts and leadership on the field. He’s got that swagger that the good corners have. Impressive week in Mobile which may answer any questions anyone had on level of competition. He was able to hang with the top receivers and came away looking like one of the better corners amongst a solid group. Taylor could surprise in the NFL as I think he’s ready to play from day one. His draft stock will be helped by the fact that he’s scheme diverse, he can play off man, press, zone. This is a guy that I would bang the table for on draft day if he fell past 25.
Possible landing spots: 2nd round that fits any team with a corner need. Could see him coming off the board in the 1st to the Patriots or 49ers.