By Chadd Cripe
© 2013 Idaho Statesman
Former Boise State cornerback Jamar Taylor ran the 40-yard dash officially in 4.39 seconds Tuesday morning at the NFL Scouting Combine. That tied for fourth among defensive backs.
The fastest time was 4.36 seconds.
The official times varied greatly from the unofficial times shown on NFL Network. Taylor was credited with 4.37 and 4.32 in his two attempts.
Taylor’s goal was to run in the 4.3s. He ran 4.33 each of the past two years at Boise State.
“Anything sub-4.4 for a guy like Jamar Taylor — are you kidding me? — is phenomenal,” said NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock, who questioned Taylor’s speed before his first attempt.
Added Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, on Twitter: “I remember I heard buzzing about Boise St CB Jamar Taylor in Mobile. More buzzing. 4.39 40, killed the bench, nice on 3-cone. #rising” (Mobile is a reference to the Senior Bowl.)
Taylor added a tie for fourth in the 20-yard shuttle to place in the top five in three of six tests.
Taylor’s numbers so far:
Size: 5-foot-11, 192 pounds
Bench press: 22 reps at 225 pounds (tied for fourth out of 49 defensive backs; tied for first among cornerbacks)
40-yard dash: 4.39 seconds (tied for fourth out of 53 defensive backs)
Vertical jump: 35 inches (tied for 30th out of 52)
Broad jump: 10 feet, 7 inches (tied for 11th out of 51)
Three-cone drill: 6.82 seconds (tied for 15th out of 38)
20-yard shuttle: 4.06 seconds (tied for fourth out of 40)
60-yard shuttle: Did not run (will run at pro day); only eight DBs ran
Here’s a recap of tailback D.J. Harper’s numbers from Saturday and Sunday:
Size: 5-foot-9, 211 pounds
Bench press: 23 reps at 225 pounds (10th out of 31 running backs)
40-yard dash: 4.52 seconds (tied for 6th out of 33)
Vertical jump: 33.5 inches (tied for 15th out of 32)
Broad jump: 10 feet (12th out of 32)
Three-cone drill: 7.07 seconds (14th out of 23)
20-yard shuttle: 4.35 seconds (14th out of 24)
60-yard shuttle: 11.85 seconds (10th out of 16)
Boise State’s pro day workout is March 21. Taylor, Harper and Boise State’s other pro prospects will get a chance to go through combine-like drills on campus.
An extra note from my conversation with Boise State Athletic Director Mark Coyle yesterday: Coyle said the Broncos’ budget deficit this year of more than $900,000 was planned because the school expected to forfeit its Mountain West revenue. To compensate, the athletic department carried a $1 million balance over from the 2012 fiscal year. The deficit likely will change as the school figures out how much it will have to pay in exit fees to the Big West and Big East. It will get its Mountain West revenue share.