Leading up to this month's draft, Purple Jesus Diaries will take time analyzing potential draft targets for the Minnesota Vikings. With our cutting edge video technology, long hours spent scouting literally DOZENS of college players from our couch, and insight from Vikings meathead CapitalJsCorner, we're give you details you never even dreamed of from prospects that could help the Vikings in 2013. Based on the team needs established in our offensive and defensive team reviews, we present to you the 2013 Who Ya Gonna Draft? feature ...
Jamar Taylor, CB from Boise State, is an interesting prospect. He had a nice little career out in Idaho, and then went to the NFL combine and went HULK on the tests. He was a top performer in the 40 yard dash (4.39 seconds), did 22 bench press reps with one arm (allegedly), clocked a 4.06 seconds in the shuttle run. That means he goes side to side super swell! I'd guess normally people would look at Boise State prospects and be like, "What, him? Is he funny?" and I'd tell them to go eat a mayon-egg. But the fact is Chris Pederson, coach at Boise, is a god damn stud, and if he can get guys to play well for his college team, they're cool for my professional team. And remember when we really wanted to draft that other corner out of Boise, Kyle Wilson I think it was? Well, maybe this is like comeuppance for that or something. I don't know.
Capital Js Take:
Jamar Taylor is projected to go in the late first or early 2nd round. He’d likely be a 2nd round pick if not for an excellent combine in which he was among the top performers in the 40, bench press, and 20 yard shuttle. He has experience in zone and man schemes, but lacks consistency in run support. He has all the physical tools, but just needs to put it all together.
As before, let's do a little GOOD! and BAD! news for Jamar Taylor here. First, the good news from NFL.com:
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.
And now the BAD, BOOOOO!!!
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.
What does it mean to "Stick his nose in the run game"? Do they mean he's not very good at it but he sure gives his all? Or is it more he does just enough to make it look like he's trying but never actually accomplishes anything? He just puts an arm out as a guy is running by? It makes no sense.
Inevitably, a cornerback that may be of interest to the Vikings who is 5'11" is going to have comparisons drawn to Antoine Winfield, and frankly, that's insulting to Winfield. Jamar Taylor may have some potential, and the Vikings are certainly thin at cornerback right now, but you have to ask, is this the right guy? I think traditionally you always think of the NFC North as being the pass happy league with big bodied receives, but - what - there's Calvin Johnson and Brandon Marshall? And Jay Cutler is awful? We have Chris Cook who is supposed to cover those guys, so do the Vikings have to invest their cornerback selection into another big fella, or can they just take someone who can cover his zone and beat someone up? I like that Taylor here is strong, isn't afraid to "get his nose" into stuff (buttholes, maybe?), so I'm sure he'd be fine.
BUUUUUUTTTTTTTT, I highly doubt we draft him. Which is unfortunate, because he would make an AMAZING Shirtless Vikings. And, uh, owner of a "Banana Stand."