Some projected Jamar Taylor to come off the board as early as the late first round, but the Dolphins were happy to swipe him up with the 54th overall pick.
They desperately needed help at cornerback, despite Jeff Ireland being non-committal on admitting the position was a need. Taylor should be ready to compete for a starting job right out of the gate and will likely team up with Brent Grimes to form the Dolphins’ new cornerback tandem.
So far in this draft, Jeff Ireland has looked to improve a pass defense that finished 27th in 2012 by upgrading the pass rush with Dion Jordan and now the secondary with Taylor. If you are unfamiliar with what Taylor brings to the table, his scouting report is below:
Jamar Taylor, Cornerback, Boise State
Bench: 22 reps
Strengths: A physical corner. Able to redirect routes. Great straight-line speed. Shows fluidity in hips. Solid athletic ability. Has a knack for making plays on the football. Can do an adequate job in run support. Played in a diverse coverage system at Boise State.
Weaknesses: Questionable technique in press coverage. Has been known to bite on play-action. Doesn’t bring in difficult interceptions. Needs to be more consistent tackling in space.