Pre-Combine Grade: 79.5 (Considered an "eventual starter." A quality player who will contribute to the team early on, is expected to develop into a starter, and is worthy of being drafted between the 2nd and 3rd rounds.)
What they're saying:
"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." -- NFL.com
"Recovery speed is questionable. Poor technique in press coverage. Gives up too much ground on outside breaking routes. Can be fooled by play action, jumps up to allow free receivers behind him. Must bring in more difficult interceptions where he needs to uses his hands away from his frame. Inconsistent tackler in space, can break down to wrap legs but also gives weak cut efforts." -- NFL.com
Jay's Take: Taylor should make a good impression in Indianapolis this week. For the pass five years, few players in the Boise State program approached their day-to-day tasks as professionally as Taylor. On top of that, the All-Mountain West defensive back is a gym rat and - as Broncos head coach Chris Petersen has repeatedly explained - he prepares as well as anybody. Taylor is a guy that has the ability to really improve his draft stock if he tests well this weekend. As a cornerback, his 40-time will be important.
NFL Combine: Schedule for Defensive Backs
Saturday, Feb. 23 - Arrive in Indianapolis, Registration, Hospital Pre-Exam and X-rays, Orientation, Interviews
Sunday, Feb. 24 - Measurements, Medical Examinations, Media, Interviews
Monday, Feb. 25 - NFLPA Meeting, Psychological Testing, Bench Press, Interviews
Tuesday, Feb. 26 - On-Field Workout (timing, stations, skills drills, Depart from Indianapolis
Arm Length: 30 3/4"
Hands: 9 1/8"
Workout Day: Tuesday
40-Yard: 4.39 (5th fastest out of 53 defensive backs); 1st attempt - 4.37 sec (unofficial); 2nd attempt - 4.32 sec (unofficial)
Bench Press: 22 (t-1st amongst 31 cornerbacks)
Vertical Jump: 35" (t-30th out of 52 defensive backs)
Broad Jump: 127" (t-11th out of 51 defensive backs)
3-Cone Drill: 6.82 (t-15th out of 38 defensive backs)
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.06 (t-4th out of 40 defensive backs)
60-Yard Shuttle: Did not participate
*Official numbers courtesy of NFL.com