Antoine Winfield is gone and that means the Vikings are going to have to address the cornerback position. But which CB prospect is the most enticing? So many names have been tossed out there. Lately a couple guys have been getting more and more buzz. D.J. Hayden of Houston is one. He is rising to the top 10 on some boards despite injury concerns. The second guy getting big-time buzz is Boise State CB Jamar Taylor.
Taylor would seem to be the complete package as a CB. He has good speed, good size and is a solid instinctive player who can fit into multiple schemes. NFL teams are also reportedly impressed by Taylor’s intangibles. Tony Pauline said:
I’m told that Jamar Taylor/CB/Boise State continues to build a buzz in war rooms around the league. His football skills notwithstanding, I’ve been told Taylor is the cleanest of the top cornerback prospects when it comes to injury, character and/or off the field concerns.
Should the character stuff really matter that much? Look at Janoris Jenkins last year. Teams passed on him because of character concerns and he ended up arguably the defensive rookie of the year. So maybe the character stuff shouldn’t be such a huge consideration. But for some teams it is. Jamar Taylor has no Jenkins-like red flags. There should be no reason for a team like the Vikings to hesitate in pulling the trigger on him.