UPDATE: The Miami Dolphins selected former Boise State cornerback Jamar Taylor with the 54th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Taylor becomes the second highest cornerback drafted in school history. Former teammate Kyle Wilson went 29th overall to the New York Jets in 2010.
Moments after learning of his selection, Taylor was interviewed on MiamiDolphins.com.
"It was starting to get a little stressful," Taylor said. "But God has plan. I'm definitely happy to be a Dolphin."
Taylor ended up slipping a little bit in the draft. Most analyst ranked him at the fourth or fifth best cornerback. Instead, he ended up being the eighth player at his position to get drafted.
"I feel like I've always been overlooked," Taylor told the website. "I have a really big chip on my shoulder right now and it's going to stay there until I get into the Hall of Fame or until I retire."
"Until then, I'm going to continue to work."
From the looks of the depth chart, Taylor could complete for playing time with Miami right away.
The Dolphins return only one starting cornerback from a year ago: Nolan Carroll.
Carroll failed to pick off a pass during the 2012-13 season. As a team, Miami only recorded 10 total interceptions, which ranked 27th in the NFL.
Behind Carroll, depth is pretty limited. Richard Marshall and Brent Grimes are both two years removed from their last productive seasons, while R.J. Stanford and Julian Posey are both inexperienced.
Last season, Oklahoma wide receiver Ryan Broyles was selected with the 54th overall pick by the Detriot Lions.
Broyles ended up signing a four-year contract with $3.678 million to go along with a $1.115 million signing bonus.
Miami general manager Jeff Ireland says the Dolphins were drawn in by Taylor's physical style of play and football smarts, adding, "what you love about him is he's very smart."
NFL.com Grade: 85.5
According to his grade by NFL.com, Taylor is considering:
An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
Weight: 192 lbs.
Arm Length: 30 3/4"
Hands: 9 1/8"
Bench Press: 22 reps
Broad Jump: 127"
3-Cone Drill: 6.82 sec
20-yd Shuttle: 4.06 sec
Boise State Stats
- 7 Sports Live: Mayock: "I think Jamar Taylor is a starting cornerback in the NFL"
Quotes and Comments
"The more I got to watch of him, and I just didn’t know a whole lot about him before I got into his tape. Very consistent corner. The one hard part, I guess, about evaluating him, at least in my opinion, is I didn’t think this year hasn’t been the top competition when you kind of compare him against some of the other guys.
Still, he was extremely consistent throughout the year. You look at the tackling, the ability to come up and support, he’s not the biggest or strongest guy, but he’s willing. His ball skills are adequate. But I think where he really stands out is the overall instincts, his ability to play in‑zone, man‑to‑man, read quarterbacks eyes and read routes of wide receivers.
With the speed that he has, the fluid hips, the balance that he plays with, I think at the very least he can come in and contribute in the sub-packages right away in the NFL, and it won’t surprise me maybe in year two if this guy is the starter. I think he’s a solid all‑around player and probably going to come off the board somewhere in the second round." -- Todd McShay, ESPN Draft Analyst