Taylor climbs draft boards with strong showing at Combine

Taylor climbs draft boards with strong showing at Combine
Boise State's Jamar Taylor intercepts a Brigham Young pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, in Boise, Idaho. (AP Photo/Matt Cilley)
(KBOI) - Former Boise State cornerback Jamar Taylor started his impressive NFL Scouting Combine with 22 reps on the bench press (tied for the top spot among cornerbacks). Once Taylor hit the field on Tuesday, the highlights kept on coming.

The former Bronco standout lit up the field with a blazing 40-yard dash (4.39 seconds). That time ranks 4th among all defensive backs, and just might be fast enough to quiet the questions some NFL scouts had about his lack of closing speed.

Compared to the rest of the corners at the Combine, Taylor finished 8th in the three-cone drill, 7th in the broad jump, and 4th in the 20-yard shuttle.

Taylor was so impressive, NFL.com labeled him a Top Performer in half of the events in which he competed.