5. JAMAR TAYLOR, Boise State
Key 2012 stats: 4 INTs, 3 forced fumbles, 2.5 sacks, 51 tackles
Taylor’s not the best man-to-man cornerback available, nor is he the best pure zone corner. But he may be the prospect equally comfortable in either coverage systems.
Taylor looks as natural in a backpedal as he does turning and running with a receiver on the boundary. He always seems to be in position, thanks as much to his reputed diligence in film study as to his instinctive feel for routes.
He’s probably not best-suited to play press man coverage every down. But he proved during Senior Bowl practice sessions and again at the Combine (where he ran 4.39 in the 40, registered 22 reps on the bench press and blazed the 20-yard shuttle in 4.06 seconds) that he possesses the versatility and athleticism to warrant a closer look from every team, regardless of what they ask their cornerbacks to do.