BOISE-- Former Boise State cornerback Jamar Taylor has had a busy weekend. He was drafted with the 54th overall pick by the Miami Dolphins in the second round of the NFL Draft on Friday. Since then, Taylor has received congratulatory phone calls from friends, celebrated with his family, and returned to Boise to start planning for the next chapter in life.
“It's been really exciting, just to get your name called,” Taylor said on Sunday. “To go through the process of it was kind of frustrating, but it's a blessing at the same time. I'm really blessed to be in the situation that I'm in. It's just been real amazing.”
Taylor will spend the next couple of days in Boise packing up his belongings and arranging for the move to Miami. He will also continue his training and workouts in preparation for mini-camp with the Dolphins. Even though he now becomes an unproven rookie on the team, Taylor says he hopes to make an impact as soon as possible.
“We're a rebuilding team. We're trying to make a name for ourselves. I think they were like 7-and-9 last year. So, I'm just hoping to get in there and learn as much as I can from the coaches. Hopefully I can contribute this year.”
When he gets to Miami, Taylor will have to get used to a lot of new things that come with playing in the NFL. One of those will be getting used to a new number due to an NFL rule that only allows cornerbacks to wear the numbers 20-49. It’s something that Taylor has already addressed.
“I talked to the equipment manager. I wanted 21, but I think (Brent) Grimes has it right now. So for now, starting off, unless they switch it, I'm going to be wearing number 22.”