Iloka, Taylor sign autographs, talk NFL experience
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Former Boise State defensive backs George Iloka and Jamar Taylor signed autographs and greeted fans at the Boise Towne Square Mall Friday night.
Iloka, a safety for the Cincinnati Bengals, is getting ready for his second season in the pros. Taylor is getting set for the NFL Draft later this month. ESPN analysts Todd McShay and Mel Kiper both have Jamar coming off the board in the late first round. Taylor worked out for New England and Atlanta last week, and he said that every team with picks from 20 to 32 has contacted him and expressed interest. Despite his recent surge up the big board, Taylor isn't letting the hype get to his head.
"I really don't pay attention to it too much," said Taylor. "You could be in the first round and then end up going to free agency. So I've just got to keep my head down and keep grinding, and we'll see what happens when it happens. "
Iloka was the last pick in the fifth round of the 2012 draft. He didn't see much playing time with the Bengals last year, but he had some advice for Jamar about the biggest difference between college and the pros.
"The speed of the game is fine, it's the mental speed of the game that is different to me," explained Iloka. "Guys don't go to the NFL and get faster. The speed of the game mentally is faster, so if you're not caught up, then you can seem slower because you're not there up top."