Jamar Taylor isn't influenced by NFL Draft hype
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Ryan Clady, Kyle Wilson, Shea McClellin, and Doug Martin are the only four Boise State alumni to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft. Cornerback Jamar Taylor has the chance to join that select company on Thursday.
ESPN analysts Mel Kiper and Todd McShay both had Taylor in the first round of their mock drafts until Monday. The New York Jets traded star corner Darrelle Revis to the Buccaneers Sunday, slightly altering the demand for defensive backs early in the draft. Kiper has six DB's going in the first 32 picks- four of them corners. McShay has five, three of whom play Jamar's position.
"I don't believe in hype, and I don't pay attention to the media stuff," said Jamar in reference to his draft prospects. "I just continue to keep my blinders on and continue to work. I could care less what everyone else is saying."
If Taylor doesn't get selected on Thursday, he'll likely be snatched up early in the second round (perhaps by the Revis-less Jets at #39).
"We've all been dreaming about this since we were little kids, so you have no right to say where you prefer. A lot of people don't get this opportunity, so wherever I get picked, it's going to be a blessing."
Once he's drafted, Jamar will become the seventh Boise State defensive back currently on an NFL roster. His predecessors have told Taylor to soak in the experience, but to be ready for some changes.
"It's going to be a grind. It's a long year as far as being a rookie and a long season," said Taylor. "If you go to the Super Bowl, it's 20-something weeks. It's something that you're definitely not used to coming from college."
The first round of the NFL Draft begins at 6pm MT on Thursday.