Fans of NFL teams with secondary issues, take notice: Jamar Taylor is a talented cornerback who might just end up on your team.
Not quite sure who he is? Don't worry. By the end of this article you certainly will, and he might just end up on your favorite team after the draft.
Taylor is a freak athlete with a very developed skill set.
His straight-line speed is unbelievable, his physicality is surprising for a defensive back as small as he is and his coverage skills are extremely developed.
Sound good to you?
Well, read on, and find out if you like the accomplished cornerback.
Full Name: Jamar Taylor
Birthdate: January 1, 1990
Hometown: San Diego, Calif.
High School: Helix
Year: Redshirt senior
A native of San Diego, Calif., Jamar Taylor was a star football player from very early on.
He enrolled at Helix High School, a California school renowned for its athletics and its ability to propel its athletes to the next level.
And Helix did just that for Taylor, just as it did with other alumni Alex Smith and Reggie Bush.
Taylor went on to become a star cornerback at Boise State, where he also majored in communications. Now, Taylor, as a redshirt senior, is entering the NFL draft.
It will be interesting to see where his career heads next.
2008: 13 games, 19 tackles, 1 interception, 1 pass defended
*2010: 12 games, 35 tackles, 0 interceptions, 3 passes defended, 3 forced fumbles
2011: 9 games, 27 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2 interceptions, 1 touchdown, 8 passes defended
2012: 13 games, 51 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 4 interceptions, 13 passes defended, 3 forced fumbles
*Jamar Taylor redshirted after his freshman season
At the start of his Boise State career, Jamar Taylor was nothing more than a reserve. Although he played in every game, he received minimal playing time, so he was given little opportunity to make an impact on the field and on the stat sheet.
Then, when it became apparent that Taylor would again receive little playing time in his sophomore season due to impressive depth in the secondary, he decided to redshirt.
And in 2010, Taylor broke out onto the scene. His number don't show it, but he proved to be a very effective cornerback who could be depended upon in coverage.
After a solid sophomore season, Taylor seemed ready to make a huge impact in 2011. A leg injury, however, forced him to miss four games and much of a fifth, and his season was tragically cut short.
Taylor, however, bounced back in his final season, and he did so in a very impressive way. He put his dazzling athleticism on display, racking up career highs in nearly every category. His coverage skills were much improved and he was much more physical against the run.
Overall, Taylor put together a commendable college resume, and he will be drafted very early because of it.
All stats courtesy of cbssports.com
- Height: 5'11''
- Weight: 192 pounds
- Arm length: 30 3/4''
- Hand size: 9 1/8''
- 40 time: 4.39 seconds
- Bench press: 22 reps
- Vertical jump: 35 inches
- Broad jump: 10'7"
- Three cone drill: 6.82 seconds
- Shuttle time: 4.06 seconds
Pro Day Results
(Jamar Taylor did not participate in many events in his pro day, only the 40-yard dash and the 60-yard shuttle)
- 40 time: 4.39 seconds
- 60-yard shuttle: 10.91 seconds (His time would have been the best at the NFL combine)
Looking at Taylor's combine and pro day results, one fact should be clear: He is a freak athlete. Taylor ranked near the top of nearly every single category for cornerbacks.
Taylor was among the fastest at the combine, and he was also the strongest cornerback.
Taylor has the athleticism to compete at the next level, and if he can fully refine his coverage skills, he could possibly become an excellent NFL cornerback.
Despite Jamar Taylor's incredible athleticism, the first thing scouts notice about him is his determined work ethic. Taylor works nearly nonstop, attempting to improve his physicality and skill set at every possible moment. He attributes his determination to former Canadian football player Trey Young, whom Taylor worked out with every day before and after school.
Taylor is pretty small, which could likely lead many to believe that he is destined to be a slot-only cornerback at the next level. However, he is extremely strong, which allows him to match up with much larger receivers. In fact, Taylor measured out as the strongest cornerback at the NFL combine.
Ever since Taylor was five years old, he dreamed of making it to the NFL, and he made it his own personal goal to do so. Now, with the draft fast approaching, his dream will finally come true.
And even though Taylor will likely hear his named called in the second round—a round usually reserved for college stars—he has never won an All-Conference award at Boise State.
At Boise State, Taylor experienced success both on and off the field; he excelled in the classroom, graduating with a 3.5 GPA and a degree in communications.
(All information courtesy of The Idaho Statesman)
Observations from around the web on Jamar Taylor:
Not afraid to get physical with receivers, often redirects their routes with strong hands. Very good straight-line speed. Works well in press-bail coverage. Fluid hips, smooth in turns and out of the back pedal. Shows the athletic ability to make plays on the football in contested situations. Will stick his nose in the run game when he is able to set the edge.
While Jamar Taylor might not immediately become a starter in the NFL, he has the talent to contribute right away as a slot cornerback. His impressive press-coverage ability, his willingness to get physical and his excellent footwork will make him a reliable slot corner.
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.
Extremely quick, Taylor has natural athleticism to become a full-time starter someday in the NFL. His blazing straight-line speed allows him to keep up with the fastest of receivers, preventing him from giving up big plays deep downfield.
Taylor's consistency against the run will also contribute to his case for being a starter. A team can leave Taylor on the field and not worry about him giving up a big play.