BOISE — Former Boise State cornerback Jamar Taylor has no idea where the latest mock drafts have him predicted to go in the upcoming NFL Draft.
And he couldn’t care less.
“I don’t pay attention to mock drafts, because most of those guys don’t know what they are talking about,” Taylor said in a phone conversation with the Press-Tribune Tuesday. “It’s all opinion-based. One of the coaches from one of the teams I met even told me that, don’t even pay attention to those, because those guys don’t know what goes on inside the draft rooms and stuff.
“I just try not to pay attention to it at all and we’ll just see what happens. If I go first (round), I go first. If I go second (round), I go second. I just need my foot in the door.”
If Taylor were to sneak a peek at some of the predictions of the April 25-27 draft, he’d see that he could go anywhere from the end of the first round to the middle of the second round.
ESPN’s Todd McShay has Taylor going No. 28 overall in the first round to the Denver Broncos, while CBSSports.com’s Pete Prisco has Taylor going No. 29 to the New England Patriots.
Others don’t have him as high. ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. predicts Taylor will go in the middle of the second round at No. 43 overall to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. There are plenty of other predictions and scenarios sending him everywhere in between.
Taylor hasn’t had much time to rest the past few months. He attended the Senior Bowl in January, the NFL scouting combine in February, the Boise State Pro Day on March 21 and has held private workouts for the Atlanta Falcons and Patriots.
And by all accounts, he’s helped his draft stock each time. The Falcons hold the No. 30 overall pick in the first round and a lot of predictions have them taking a defensive back with that pick.
The 5-11, 195-pound Taylor also traveled to meet with a few undisclosed teams last week, but they asked him not to comment on them. DraftInsider.net reported that he’s met or worked out for the final six teams in the first round.
“It’s been busy,” Taylor said. “Things are going. I visited a couple teams last week and had a couple workouts with teams, so it’s going. Just a lot of working out and trying to wait until the day.
“I’ve had past roommates who have been through this process before, so I kind of knew what to expect. It’s a blessing to be where I’m at right now, but it’s also a little frustrating because you don’t know where you’re going to go or who might take you.”
Taylor could have decided to travel to training facilities in Arizona or California to prepare for the draft like many top prospects do each spring. But Taylor remained in Boise to work with BSU strength and conditioning coach Tim Socha, showing loyalty to the program that he said got him to where he is today.
“My strength and conditioning coach knows me the best,” Taylor said. “I’ve been with him for five years, so that was big. My life is out here. My friends, my girlfriend, they are all out here. But just working out with somebody who knows me and getting to work out with several of our past players, who are in the NFL right now, and I didn’t want to have to pay for a training facility when I could just come here and get the same work in.
“Coach Socha hasn’t failed me for the past five years, so I’m not going to start doubting him now.”
Taylor said he is likely done with private workouts now that teams are beginning to have organizational meetings to rank the players on their draft boards. He said he’ll continue to work out and get ready for April 25, but if the phone rings before then, he’ll be ready.
Getting drafted doesn’t appear to be enough motivation for Taylor these days. He doesn’t just want to get to the NFL. He wants to star in it. And that’s how he’s approached each of his workouts this spring.
“That’s my mentality for sure,” Taylor said. “So many guys just want to get there and then it stops and they lose focus, but I’m trying to be great. I want to be one of the best cornerbacks to do it, so I want to go in and make a statement and make plays for whatever team I’m on.”