In order to climb up to No. 3, the Dolphins traded spots with the Oakland Raiders, giving them their 42nd selection in the second round as compensation. The Dolphins followed up Thursday’s move by snagging cornerback Jamar Taylor out of Boise State.
NFLDraftScout lists Taylor as the fifth ranked cornerback to enter this year’s draft, and DraftTek has him ranked as the 33rd-best player overall on their Big Board.
Taylor was a leader on a very stingy Broncos defense last season that ended the year fourth in the nation. Standing a tall 5-foot-11 and weighing 192 pounds, he is as athletic as they come, and extremely fast. Taylor clocked a 4.37 40 yard-dash at the NFL combine, and he is just as quick when settling into his backpedal. He is an above-average cover guy who will mix it up against the run.
As is usually the case with Boise State players, Taylor has not gotten the benefit of national exposure the way some of his counterparts have; but in that same vein, he was not exposed to the same type of competition either. There are several pundits who say that had he gone to a bigger school, Taylor could have been among the top 20 selections.
Taylor was predicted to go anywhere from the tail end of the first round to the front half of the second. Had the Dolphins had used the 42nd pick on him, it would have been right in line, but the fact that they were able to trade that pick away, and still get a cornerback of this talent is incredible.
Taylor does have a history of dealing with injuries, but if he can stay healthy, he will make an instant impact to a secondary that ranked 26th in the NFL against the pass last season.