Dolphins ink second-round pick Jamar Taylor to rookie contract

5/30/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

The Miami Dolphins’ offseason workout programs gradually picking up pace, the team in keenly working towards getting all of their members from the 2013 draft class under contract. In light of those efforts, the Miami Dolphins added another name to the list of 2013 draft picks who have already signed their rookie contracts with the team. Cornerback Jamar Taylor became the latest Miami Dolphins draft pick to sign his four-year rookie contract, the team announced on Thursday.
Jamar Taylor was selected by the Miami Dolphins with the 54th overall pick in the second-round of the 2013 NFL draft. The Boise State product Jamar Taylor was the highest pick at cornerback taken by the Miami Dolphins in last month’s draft. Besides Jamar Taylor, the Miami Dolphins added two other cornerbacks in the April’s draft, with Utah State’s Will Davis being selected in the third-round and Miami’s Don Jones coming off the draft tables in the seventh-round.
A three year starter, Jamar Taylor appeared in 46 games at Boise State while starting 35 of those games for the Broncos. Jamar Taylor finished his collegiate career with 137 tackles, including 11 tackles for a loss, 18 passes deflected and seven interceptions. He also showed a knack of big plays, registering five sacks and six forced fumbles during his time at Boise State.  Jamar Taylor still holds a Boise State bowl record for the longest interception return in school history, after he returned an interception 100-yard for a touchdown against the Arizona State in 2011 Maaco Bowl.
The 22-year-old Jamar Taylor participate in the Miami Dolphins’ rookie minicamp but hasn’t been able to take part in the team’s OTAs while rehabbing on the sidelines following a sports hernia surgery last week. Jamar Taylor is expected to miss the rest of the OTAs session and next minicamp while rehabbing from the surgery, though Taylor hasn’t conceded he will miss those session either.
"I'm not sure, that's up to the trainers," said Jamar Taylor. "We'll see where it's at in a couple of weeks."
However, Jamar Taylor who added he’s been a fast healer in the past is more optimistic about his projected return in time for training camp to challenge for a starting spot in the Miami Dolphins’ secondary.
“As long as I’m back healthy and I’m back running, I’m going to try to make it happen from there,” Taylor said. “It adds fuel to the fire.”
During Jamar Taylor’s absence at OTA sessions, Brent Grimes and Richard Marshall have been lining up as the Miami Dolphins’ starting cornerbacks. The Miami Dolphins also have veterans Dimitri Patterson and Nolan Carrol on the depth chart at cornerback.
With Jamar Taylor signed, the Miami Dolphins have gotten six of their nine draft picks under contract. Defensive end Dion Jordan (first-round), offensive lineman Dallas Thomas (third-round) and cornerback Will Davis remain as the only 2013 draft picks still unsigned by the Miami Dolphins.
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