BOISE -- Former Boise State cornerback Jamar Taylor is about to see a dream come true. One that he has had ever since he was five years old. Taylor will likely hear his named called at the 2013 NFL Draft on either Thursday of Friday, meaning that after years of hard work, he will be an NFL player.
Known for his physical defensive play and work ethic, Taylor is expected by many NFL analysts to be drafted in the first or second rounds.
“It's just exciting," Taylor said. "I'm anxious at the same time just trying to see what's going to happen.”
Taylor plans to watch the draft at home with his family. He says it doesn’t matter when he is picked, he just wants a shot in the NFL.
“We'll see what happens on draft day, but hopefully they're going to recognize how smart I am, how aggressive I play," said Taylor. "I can tackle. I can play off. I can press. It's just how smart I am. Hopefully they like that and my work ethic as well. It's definitely an exciting and anxious time.”
Taylor credits much of his football development and knowledge of the game to playing at Boise State under head coach Chris Petersen. He also believes that the experience has made him a better person.
“I learned how to become a man there," said Taylor. "Coach Pete taught us more than just football. That was the great thing about going to Boise State. I'll never take it back. The five best years of my life. Definitely, they taught me life lessons, how to be a football player and a man.”
The first round NFL draft starts on Thursday, with the second and third rounds continuing on Friday.