Re: NFL.com Mock
29. JAMAR TAYLOR CB BOISE ST.
Taylor is an excellent cornerback with good size, quick feet and fluid hips. He played well on tape, shined at the Senior Bowl and put together an outstanding workout at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Keep your eyes on this guy.
Throughout much of Taylor's career it has been the Boise State offense that has earned the headlines, but in large part due to the stellar play of their redshirt senior cornerback, the Broncos' defense came to the forefront in 2012.
The Broncos finished the regular season ranked fourth in the country in pass defense and surrendered just three passing touchdowns all year. Taylor, who earned First Team All-Mountain West honors in 2012 with 51 tackles (including 3.5 for loss and 2.5 sacks) and a team-leading nine passes broken up and four interceptions, was the single biggest reason for this success.
Taylor proved himself to be a standout immediately for Boise State, registering 24 tackles and an interception as a true freshman. A knee injury forced him to redshirt the 2009 campaign, but he returned to win a starting position in 2010, posting 35 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, two sacks and three forced fumbles.
He missed four full games and most of a fifth a year later with a stress fracture in his leg. He returned from the injury to compete against Arizona State in the 2011 Las Vegas Bowl, returning a Brock Osweiler interception 100 yards for a touchdown.
STRENGTHS: Instinctive, dependable cornerback with good overall size and athleticism. Versatile corner with extensive experience playing off-man and zone coverage. Possesses a quick, tight back pedal and has fluid hips to turn and run with receivers.
Good straight-line speed and possesses good burst out of his breaks. Reportedly was timed at 4.33 seconds in the 40-yard dash by Boise State coaches.
Breaks quickly on underneath routes, showing the ability to close on the ball to make the interception. Good ball skills, including good leaping ability and timing. Good upper body strength and competitiveness for jump-ball situations.
Reliable run defender who doesn't back down from a challenge. Keeps his containment responsibilities, showing the ability to break free from blocks and is a reliable open field tackler who plays with toughness. Named a team captain in 2012 and is viewed by the coaching staff as one of the team's hardest workers.
COMPARES TO: Ronde Barber, DB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Needless to say, Taylor has a long ways to go before a comparison to long-time standout Barber is earned, but they share several similarities, not the least of which is good instincts, a burst to close, reliable open-field tackling ability and a strong work ethic.
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