Former Boise State cornerback Jamar Taylor sensed lingering doubts about the quality of his competition as he went through NFL Draft prep.
He might have been onto something.
The Miami Dolphins selected Taylor with the 54th overall pick - the 22nd pick in the second round - Friday evening.
Taylor, who thought he had a solid chance of landing in the first round Thursday, was the eighth cornerback drafted.
"I've always been overlooked," he said on a Dolphins webcast. "I have a real big chip on my shoulder right now and I'm going to continue to work."
Taylor, a three-year starter, a 2012 All-Mountain West first-teamer and a four-time academic all-conference honoree, is the seventh Bronco drafted in the first two rounds since coach Chris Petersen took over the program in 2006. He is the ninth-highest drafted Bronco all-time.
He started 35 games and grabbed seven interceptions in his career. Last season, he led the team with four picks and nine pass breakups while contributing three forced fumbles.
"Taylor is very physical," Dolphins General Manager Jeff Ireland said. "He can go up and get (the ball) or he can knock it out with a forced fumble or PBUs."
Taylor will join a Miami team that has some experience at cornerback but clearly was looking for a spark at the position. The Dolphins also took Utah State cornerback Will Davis in the third round.
"I'm going to come down there willing to learn from the coaches and from the other players and just try to contribute the best way I can," Taylor told the Miami media.
Dolphins wide receiver Rishard Matthews, who played at Nevada, quickly expressed support for the Taylor pick on Twitter.
"I can say from experience we just grabbed a great player in Jamar Taylor," he tweeted.
The talking heads on ESPN appreciated the choice, too.
ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr., who figured Taylor would go somewhere between the late first round and the middle of the second, rated him as the No. 4 cornerback in the draft.
"I thought he was a marginal prospect coming into this season," Kiper said on the air. "He really stepped it up. He's one of the stronger corners you'll ever find. He went from maybe the fifth round to the second round based on his performance this season."
Taylor visited the Dolphins as they were preparing for the draft. He also met with Ireland at the NFL Scouting Combine.
"They showed a lot (of interest)," Taylor said. "I'm happy to be down there. I'm happy to be a Dolphin. Man, I can't even explain it right now."
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