By Chadd Cripe
© 2013 Idaho Statesman
Former Boise State tailback D.J. Harper and cornerback Jamar Taylor will work out in front of NFL scouts, coaches and decision-makers over the next four days.
Harper is scheduled to participate in the bench press Saturday and on-field testing Sunday.
Taylor is scheduled to lift Monday and run Tuesday.
They’re at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
For Taylor, it’s all about the 40-yard dash. He posted a time of 4.33 seconds in Boise State’s testing last spring and in 2011.
“Of course you want to do good in everything,” Taylor said. “But really, that’s what everybody cares about. You can do good in everything else but if you run a slow 40, that can kill you.”
Taylor hopes to run in the 4.3s. Only four cornerbacks have done that in the past three years at the combine. Former Boise State cornerback Orlando Scandrick is tied for the sixth-fastest time since 2006, at 4.32.
“I feel like I’m a 4.3 guy,” Taylor said. “I ran it two years consistently at Boise, so I figure what’s the difference here?”
I’ll have more from Taylor in Saturday’s newspaper. I have not been able to reach Harper.
The NFL Network and NFL.com will show live coverage of the on-field workouts beginning at 7 a.m. each day Saturday through Tuesday.
Running backs are scheduled to run the 40-yard dash at 11 a.m. Sunday. Defensive backs are scheduled to run at 7 a.m. Tuesday.
Here are the evaluations for Taylor and Harper at NFL.com:
— Taylor is the No. 7 cornerback with a grade of 79.5, which equates to a second- or third-round pick. The players ahead of him are Alabama’s Dee Milliner, Florida State’s Xavier Rhodes, Mississippi State’s Johnthan Banks, Washington’s Desmond Trufant, Southeast Louisiana’s Robert Alford and San Diego State’s Leon McFadden.
— Harper is tied for No. 31 at tailback with a grade of 58.8, which equates to a fourth- through seventh-round pick. He’s rated lower than some familiar faces: Michigan State’s Le’Veon Bell (71.2), Arizona State’s Cameron Marshall (60.8), Fresno State’s Robbie Rouse (60.0) and Nevada’s Stefphon Jefferson (60.0). He’s ahead of Utah State’s Kerwynn Williams (56.7). The combine medical testing will be key for Harper, who tore his left anterior cruciate ligament in 2009 and 2010.