Boise State's Jamar Taylor is a top cornerback in the 2013 NFL draft. The Atlanta Falcons are a team that could definitely use a talented corner opposite Asante Samuel for their defense. According to Tony Pauline of DraftInsider.net, Taylor was part of a western trip made by the Falcons:
Atlanta Falcons braintrust working out Johnathan Franklin/UCLA today, Stepfan Taylor/Stan & Brian Schwenke/Cal-Sun, Jamar Taylor/Boise -Mon— Tony Pauline (@TonyPauline) April 6, 2013
Let's explore how Taylor can help the Falcons in their quest to compete for another Super Bowl:
Boise State University
Height: 5'10 5/8" Weight: 192 pounds
Arm Length: 30-3/4" Hand Measurement: 9 1/8"
40 yard dash: 4.37 sec. 10 yard split: 1.53 sec.
20 yard shuttle: 4.06 sec. 3-cone Drill: 6.82 sec. Bench Reps: 22 reps
Vertical Jump: 35.0" Broad Jump: 10'7"
2012: 13 Games Played, 51 Tackles, 3.5 Tackles for Loss, 2.5 Sacks, QB Hurries, 4 Interceptions, 3 Fumbles Forced, 9 Pass Deflections
2011: 9 Games Played, 27 Tackles, 2.0 Tackles for Loss, 0.5 Sacks, 2 Interceptions, 6 Pass Deflections, 1 Defensive Touchdown
2010: 12 Games Played, 29 Tackles, 2.5 Tackles for Loss, 1.0 Sacks, 3 Fumbles Forced, 2 Pass Deflections
2009: 2 Games Played, 2 carries for 3 yards before being redshirted
2008: 11 Games Played, 19 Tackles, 1.0 Tackles for Loss, 1 Interception, 1 Pass Deflection, 1 catch for 8 yards
Athletically, Jamar Taylor is one of the best cornerbacks in the draft this year. He's got great hip fluidity and balance in his movements. He can press effectively and gets out of his backpedal efficiently.
Taylor played in both man and zone schemes and can play the ball in the air effectively. He breaks well and knows how to get his hands on the ball a lot. He also shows willingness to play the run. He will get after the running back and is an efficient tackler despite deficiencies with technique.
Taylor's backpedal needs a ton of work. He's technically deficient in off-man coverage because he doesn't create proper spacing between him and the receiver. In press, he tends to be in contact with receivers the entire time he is covering them whether in trail or on the inside.
He has a bit of an injury history with his knees and could miss time if these pop up in the future. He also rarely faced many talented receivers playing in the Mountain West as a starter. In run defense, he has issues with pursuit angles and will have to improve his tackling technique.
How does he fit the Comrade Filter?
On the field, Jamar Taylor is known as a tremendously hard worker and one of the gym rats for Boise State. He was also a team captain for them during his senior season. He's someone who understands the team concept and will bring that mentality to whatever locker room he ends up in.
Off the field, he's never been arrested, but he has been suspended for a violation of team rules during his sophomore season. Luckily it was just one game and details haven't been released about why, but it could be something that could drop him down the board.
Taylor is a top tier corner in the draft who can impact a defense by taking away one of the top receivers on the other side. His abilities in coverage will make any team happy, and the Falcons could benefit from having him on the team and in the locker room. He may end up over-drafted due to the cornerback need in this year's class.
How he would fit into the Falcons' plans
The Falcons would have to spend their first-round pick to get Taylor. He may not even fall to them at No. 30 with the interest that teams ahead of them have shown. Taylor fits in well with the Falcons as a long term solution at cornerback and should be selected if Desmond Trufant, Xavier Rhodes and Dee Milliner are all off the board.
All stats used are either from Pro Football Focus's Premium Stats, ESPN, CFBStats or the NFL. All contract information is courtesy Spotrac. All recruiting rankings come from 247Sports.com.
Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He covers the Atlanta Falcons, NFL and NFL Draft. He also runs DraftFalcons.com.