Former Boise State cornerback Jamar Taylor was swooped up with the 54th overall pick by the Miami Dolphins on Friday.
Following the conclusion of the third round, Miami general manager Jeff Ireland talked about the Dolphins’ Day 2 draft picks.
Here is what Ireland had to say about Taylor:
Q: Overall thoughts?
A: “We took Jamar Taylor, a cornerback from Boise State. Great kid. Prototypical size and speed. Very smart. Very physical. Can play inside and outside. So we’re very happy to have him.”
Q: What stood out about Jamar Taylor?
A: “Well, like I said, he’s a great kid. You know what you love about him is he’s very smart. He’s very physical. He’s got very good ball skills. He plays with a great awareness, instinct and so just a combination of all the things he can bring the intelligence, the character, the speed, the physicality, the ball skills. Those are all things that obviously we covet in a cornerback position. And I felt like he had those things. Specifically after combine, I mean we put everybody on the board and so I don’t think there was anything out of the ordinary.”
Q: Will Taylor and third-round pick Will Davis help the secondary create more turnovers?
A: “I think both Will and Jamar have very good ball skills. Taylor is very physical. He can get it out. He can go up and get it or he can knock it out with forced fumbles and PBU’s (pass breakups) and Will, he’s kind of a very, very good at getting the ball out from a PBU standpoint. Both those guys have very good ball skills in my opinion. I think they’re both going to be play makers.”
— Jay Tust (Follow on Twitter: @KTVBSportsGuy)