Jamar Taylor, a talented CB out of Boise State, is one of the better coverage corners in the draft. At 5’11”, he has good size to match up against some of the bigger receivers in the league.
The Dolphins almost used this pick as a trading token in their attempts to acquire left tackle Brandon Albert from the Kansas City Chiefs. Personally, the decision to hold off on that trade has paid off, as they continue to add talent at the CB position.
Jamar Taylor’s pro prospects look promising, considering he has all the athleticism necessary to be an elite cover guy in the NFL. One of the things that pop out on his tape is his fluidity and smoothness in transitions. His hips and backpedaling give him a tremendous edge in breaking on the ball.
I expect Jamar to be a big-time starting corner for Miami, as he definitely has Pro Bowl potential. This is an immediate upgrade to a secondary that was gutted in free agency.
Pairing Taylor up with free-agent acquisition Brent Grimes should give the Dolphins a CB unit that stands a chance at holding up against a division not necessarily known for having elite WRs.
Jamar Taylor is likely expected to come in to start in Week 1.
Grade the selection
With the 54th-overall pick, the Dolphins addressed a glaring need at CB. Taylor can come in and start early for them and has the kind of upside that usually goes earlier in the draft.
There may have been better players on the board here, but Miami definitely got solid value while filling a big-time need. There is not much to complain about with this pick, as he was certainly the best CB available on my board at the time he was selected.