Cornerback Jamar Taylor is the latest Boise State football player to capitalize on the exposure and opportunity of participating in the Senior Bowl.
Taylor performed well in front of NFL scouts, coaches and front-office personnel in practices this week in Mobile, Ala., and will cap the week by playing for the North in Saturdays college all-star game (2 p.m., NFL Network).
Taylor was very good in practice and helped his draft stock, an NFL scout told the Idaho Statesman. An AFC director of scouting was quoted in the Senior Bowls official practice reports saying Taylor was one of three standout cornerbacks on the North team.
The week included some ups and downs, Taylor said, but overall hes happy with his showing.
Monday was a real good day for me, he said. I got the first turnover for the DBs (an interception), flew around a little bit. Tuesday was a little bit rougher. It wasnt bad, but it wasnt up to my expectations. I got beat for a touchdown and gave up another route. Other than that, I was out there battling. Everybodys good at their school, so you cant expect to win every play. I was real happy that I didnt dwell on anything. I just let it go.
Wednesday, I had a real good practice. (Thursday) was OK. Overall, my week, I did well at being an ambassador and representing my family and my team out here.
Practices, and coaches expectations, have been similar at the Senior Bowl to what he experienced at Boise State, Taylor said. The Oakland Raiders staff is coaching the North.
I knew practice was going to go by fast, he said. You have to fly around just play with complete effort, because they cant coach effort. Thats something that comes from within. I learned that the game really comes down to really good technique at the next level, technique is key.
Taylor, an All-Mountain West first-teamer and three-year starter, will wear No. 21 and the blue Boise State pro combat helmet. He has played mostly on the left side of the defense, but he also plays nickel in passing situations.
Hopefully I make some plays out there for my team, he said. Its the last time wearing that Bronco helmet go out with a bang.
Taylor is the ninth Boise State player in four years to compete in the Senior Bowl. Three cornerback Kyle Wilson, tailback Doug Martin and defensive end Shea McClellin landed in the first round of the NFL Draft.
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