The Dolphins moved from pick No. 250 to pick No. 223 in the seventh round courtesy of the trade, which unloaded Taylor’s contract and clears out another of the many disappointing 2013 draft picks.
Taylor, a former Boise State standout the Dolphins selected in the second round of the 2013 draft, had 48 tackles in his 12 games last season before being benched. Taylor didn’t record an interception in the 33 games he played the past three seasons. Sunday’s trade will provide him a fresh start.
Taylor, whose first two seasons with the team were hindered by a hernia and shoulder injury, wasn’t viewed as a contender for one of the starting spots in Miami’s secondary.
The Dolphins drafted two cornerbacks – Baylor’s Xavien Howard and Penn State’s Jordan Lucas – during the draft, helping to fill out one of the weakest units on the team. Byron Maxwell is one of the projected starters on the boundary. Howard and Lucas will likely compete with Bobby McCain and Tony Lippett for the other two starting cornerback spots.
The Dolphins selected Western Kentucky quarterback Brandon Doughty, a former North Broward Prep standout, with the 223rd pick they received from the Browns.