At the Boise State football pro-day, all eyes were on cornerback Jamar Taylor. Taylor skyrocketed his draft stock after turning heads at the NFL combine. Taylor has the potential of getting drafted in the first round; adding to the short-list of Boise State first round alumni.
Taylor only participated in one (combine-related) drill, the 60-yard shuttle, where he ran a 10.91. With a strong time, Taylor built his stock even more. “The important thing was footwork…as a corner, you really need to show your feet and hips. I just tried to come how here and show that I’m capable of doing those things,” said Taylor on the importance of the combine drills.
While most scouts were focused on Taylor, fullback Dan Paul and running back D.J. Harper were the pro day standouts.
Paul may have had the most impressive day among all Broncos. He ran a 4.67 40-yard sprint, a broad job of 9’8”, a 37.5” vertical leap and 30 total reps on the bench. While most scouts and NFL teams aren’t looking for a fullback to draft, Paul was quite the surprise and should remain an option to look at for prospective NFL teams in the future.
While Harper may not have the draft “hype” as former Boise State running back Doug Martin, he made a statement at pro day. Harper ran the 40-yard sprint in a blistering 4.35 seconds. He also improved his times on nearly every drill from the combine.
Harper has been riddled with knee injuries throughout his career at Boise State; delaying his potential. At one point, Harper was the starter at running back in front of Martin. While things are looking up for Taylor, the other half to the dynamic cornerback tandem for Boise State, Jarrell Gavins, is fighting for more respect from the scouts.
Gavins, like Harper, has been injury-prone in his career at Boise State. Another knack the scouts have on Gavins is his lack of size. Gavins was measured at 5’7” at pro day and weighs 170 pounds.But when he gets on the field, his play is extremely efficient.“People still put me behind other guys which I feel is kind of disrespectful because I feel that me and Jarrell (Gavins) are two of the best corners, if not the best, in the nation. I said that in the beginning of the year and I’m still standing by it,” said Taylor.
While the draft is still nearly a month away, football fanatics are drawn to the complicated and exciting road to the draft. Only time will tell the positioning of the Boise State football prospects in this year’s NFL draft as they try to add to the accomplished list of players at the