Cleveland Browns trade for cornerback Jamar Taylor
By Thomas Moore
The Cleveland Browns made a trade on Saturday, acquiring cornerback Jamar Taylor from the Miami Dolphins.
The Cleveland Browns were not solely focused on the 2016 NFL Draft on Saturday as the team has made a trade with the Miami Dolphins for cornerback Jamar Taylor.
In addition to Taylor, a former second-round pick, the Browns swapped seventh-round draft picks with the Dolphins.
Taylor spent the past three seasons with the Dolphins after being drafted out of Boise State as the No. 54 selection in the 2013 NFL Draft. He appeared in 33 games for Miami, totaling 82 tackles and zero interceptions.
Taylor didn’t exactly distinguish himself on the field in 2015, according to Phin Phanatic:
"Taylor was so poor this season that he ranked as the 110th worst corner in the NFL according to ProFootballFocus.com and rated a dismal 35.7 against the pass and his run support was worse grading out at 35 flat. The Dolphins unfortunately made the move to bench Taylor too late and by the time the move was made, the season was all but over mathematically. 2016 will be an interesting year for Taylor who is a former 2nd round draft pick."
"In 2015 Taylor registered 48 tackles which isn’t bad but it’s the coverage skills that cost him time on the field and that is what needs to change. Making tackles is great but allowing receivers to catch the ball is not. He isn’t physical off the line of scrimmage and struggles with simple route coverages."
Taylor dealt with injuries as well during his time in Miami, first with a sports hernia and then a major shoulder injury. According to The Miami Herald, the Dolphins decided that Taylor was expendable after drafting defensive back Xavien Howard.
The Browns suddenly have a very crowded cornerback room, as in addition to Taylor they selected cornerback Trey Caldwell today in the draft.