The Miami Dolphins selected CB Jamar Taylor in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft, but they saw little results from the former Boise State corner during his rookie season due to numerous nagging injuries which limited his practice and actual game time.
Taylor collected a total of three tackles in nine total games in 2013 with absolutely no starts whatsoever. That may not be the case in 2014 as Taylor is fully healthy and rearing to compete with CBs Cortland Finnegan, Will Davis, Jimmy Wilson and Walt Aikens for the starting spot opposite Pro Bowl corner Brent Grimes.
Taylor, a 5-foot-10, 195-pound athletic corner, plays extremely well in coverage using his intelligence to correctly mirror his assignment until the ball is in the air. Taylor has great ball skills and reminds me a bit of former Miami corner Will Allen when watching him on tape.
Taylor does need to work on staying healthy and fully understanding the scheme defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle has in place. Coyle’s scheme is complex and puts a lot of pressure on the secondary to cover backs and receivers while the pass rush gets after the opposing team’s quarterback.
Miami did a solid job last season taking the football away, but four of those interceptions were lost this offseason when CB Dimitri Patterson decided to take his talents elsewhere. The team also lost another staple in the secondary when CB Nolan Carroll decided to flip conferences to the NFC East.
That being said, Miami has set themselves up with a talented secondary if Taylor can work himself into the starting mix, which I think he can. Taylor has the ability to create quite a formidable duo with Grimes, but he will have to beat out the savvy veteran Finnegan, who has the upper hand at the current moment.
Look for Taylor to seize control of the No. 2 corner spot once the preseason begins to near.