DAVIE, Fla. – The Miami Dolphins focused on two important need positions during the NFL Draft’s second and third rounds on Friday night.
Miami selected Boise State cornerback Jamar Taylor in the second round (No. 54 overall) and Utah State cornerback Will Davis in the third round (No. 93 overall). In between, the Dolphins chose Tennessee offensive lineman Dallas Thomas with the 77th pick.
“It was a good day, we feel good about it,” said general manager Jeff Ireland, whose job security will be helped if this year’s early round selections pan out.
The Dolphins also made three trades Friday. They dealt wide receiver Davone Bess, a fourth-round pick (111th) and a seventh-rounder (217th) to Cleveland for a fourth-rounder (104th) and a fifth-rounder (164th).
Miami traded another third-round pick (82nd overall) to New Orleans for two fourth-round selections (Nos. 106 and 109). A short time later, Ireland sent three draft picks (Nos. 109, 146, 224) to Green Bay for the 93rd pick, which became Davis.
Trading back into the third round shortly after having traded out of it was a bit of a surprise.
“We saw some corners go off the board and we felt like we had to go back in,” Ireland said.
Taylor, a 5-foot-11, 192-pound three-year starter with the Broncos, was selected with the 22nd pick of the second round. He’s the sixth Boise State defensive back to be drafted during the past eight years.
“I’m ready to go to work. I’m happy to be a Dolphin,” Taylor said. “I play with a swagger. I play … yeah, I’m kind of chippy. I like to talk stuff … like to have, I like to keep a smile on my face.”
Taylor, a San Diego native, is familiar with South Florida. He trained for the pre-draft combine at Bommarito Performance in Davie.
The 5-11, 186-pound Davis is considered a bit raw (played one year of football in high school) and needs to get stronger.
“He’s more of a project. These guys develop at different stages,” Ireland said. “I think the guy has the skill level to play in this league.”
Thomas started two years at left tackle before moving to guard as a senior.
“I can do it all, I can play left or right,” Thomas said. “But it’s up to coach (Joe Philbin) wherever he wants me to play. I’m just happy I got picked and get a chance to play ball and fulfill my dream.”
As for trade rumors involving the Kansas City Chiefs and left tackle Branden Albert, Ireland said: “I don’t think that’s really going to amount to much, in my personal opinion.”
In Thursday night’s first round, Miami traded up to select Oregon pass rusher Dion Jordan with the third overall pick. Jordan, Taylor and Davis join a defense that was 27th in the league against the pass last season.
Miami will have five draft picks for Rounds 4-7 when the draft concludes Saturday. The Dolphins could use those to add depth on the offensive line and at wide receiver and tight end.