2013 Atlanta Falcons Potential Draft Pick Profile: CB Jamar Taylor

Scott Carasik@ScottCarasikContributor IIApril 22, 2013

EAST LANSING, MI - AUGUST 31:  Jamar Taylor #5 of the Boise State Broncos intercepts a first-quarter pass against Tony Lippett #14 of the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on August, 2010 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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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:

 

Jamar Taylor

Cornerback

Boise State University

 

Combine Measurements

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"

 

Stats

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

 

Scouting Report

Strengths

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.

 

Weaknesses

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.

 

Overview

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.

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