Our 2013 NFL Draft prospect profile series continues today with a look at an intriguing first- or second-day cornerback prospect -- Jamar Taylor of Boise State.
Taylor is 5-foot-11, 192-pound corner who some consider a first-round pick, while others think he will last into the second round. Let's take a closer look at him.
Writing for NFL.com, Josh Norris expressed the opinion that Taylor is first-round material:
Taylor brings outstanding versatility, with experience in off-man and zone coverages. Still, lining up the Boise State product as a press corner will produce the best results. The way in which he constantly disrupts the catch point with little wasted movement will translate very well to the NFL.
Taylor has extensive experience in off and zone coverage schemes, and we know Giants' defensive coordinator Perry Fewell loves his zone coverages. Has good enough speed and reportedly doesn't mind being physical or playing the run.
There is a mixed bag of opinion on whether or not Taylor can play press coverage successfully, mostly because of his relatively short arms (30-3/4 inches). There is also some concern that he has not faced top-notch receivers.
Does He Fit With The Giants?
Sure he does. I am always in favor adding cover corners, and who really trusts Aaron Ross or Terrell Thomas right now? Or, for that matter, Corey Webster. The Giants' reliance on a high percentage of zone coverages might also make Taylor a fit.
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As I said above, I am always a fan of acquiring as many talented cornerbacks as possible. With the uncertainty surrounding what to expect from Thomas, Ross, Webster and even second-year man Jayron Hosley adding another option at the position early in the draft is something I could sign off on.