2013 Draft Results

Draft Analysis

WHAT HE BRINGS

Taylor has prototypical size and plays with great balance, and shows above-average change-of-direction skills. He has great eyes in coverage and does a great job maintaining strong position. In addition, he flashes an extra gear to recover and the ability to locate and play the ball. Taylor is willing to step up in run support, but could become more physical and efficient in that area.

HOW HE FITS

This wasn't a great perimeter cover group in 2012, partly because of injuries and partly because of inconsistent play. Miami's best corner, Sean Smith, is gone, along with Bryan McCann. The Dolphins did add a premier free agent in Brent Grimes from Atlanta, but this secondary only produced 10 interceptions last season. Big plays and creating turnovers wasn't a strength. The Dolphins love to play aggressive man-to-man schemes, which seem to fit Taylor's skill set, and he will likely will be given a great chance to start at left corner, while other players can compete for the slot corner position. This pass defense really needs Taylor to be productive quickly.

Draft Results

Overall Football Traits

Production22008: (14/14)  19-1-1 2009: Redshirt 2010: (12/12)  29-2-0 2011: (9/9)  27-6-2 2012: (13/13)  51-9-4 Career: 9 TFL, 4 sacks, 6 FF.
Height-Weight-Speed2Excellent top-end speed. Hand size is average (9.1). Possesses a shredded and compact build with prototypical bulk. Shorter arms (30.6).
Durability4Dealt with a knee injury early in the 2009 season and eventually redshirted. Missed four games in 2011 dealing with a nagging hamstring injury.
Intangibles2Possesses a tireless work ethic both in the weight and film room. A selfless player. Graduated in May with a communication degree and 3.5 GPA. Currently taking classes toward a master's in kinesiology. Did not start against San Jose State in 2010 for undisclosed disciplinary reasons.
1 = Exceptional2 = Above average3 = Average4 = Below average5 = Marginal

Cornerback Specific Traits

Instincts/Recognition2Shows above-average overall instincts. Plays with his eyes and shows very good field awareness. Keys quarterbacks eyes and while maintaining proper leverage and positioning in zone coverage. Displays good anticipation and route recognition skills to jump or squat underneath throws. Shows good patients in zone bail or back pedal and does not get overzealous vs. double moves. Maintains poise and does not panic when caught out of position.
Cover Skills2Shows the ability to hold up in both zone and man coverage at the next level. Possesses a compact build that provides him very good balance in coverage. Feet are constantly underneath his frame and changes direction seamlessly. Clean in his hips and can rotate quickly to turn and run with receivers downfield. Possesses above-average closing burst and recovery speed.
Ball Skills3Overall ball skills are adequate. Flashes playmaking instincts but still has room for development in that area. Tracks the ball well in the air and generally takes a quality line to the point. Extremely aggressive playing the ball and flashes the leaping ability and strength to hold up in one-on-one downfield and red zone situations. Hands are above-average but will have some drops on a few throws he should make. Transitions quickly after making the catch and looks to create.
Run Support3Active in this area. Does not shy away from contact. Can line up near the box and gets through clutter well and shows ability to absorb blocks. Can do a better job of using his hands when engaged with bigger receivers to shed blocks. Does a nice job of dropping pad level upon contact. Breaks down well in the open field to secure the tackle.
1 = Exceptional2 = Above average3 = Average4 = Below average5 = Marginal