You didn’t think I’d leave you on six profiles did you? Of course I was gonna complete the week! To round off the week I am bringing the biggest redemption story on the Browns roster. Jamar Taylor was basically given to us for free during the 2016 draft when Miami swapped 7ths with us and threw in Taylor to sweeten the deal. From there he worked hard and had the best season of any cornerback on our team, and was named PFF’ most improved cornerback of the year. Lets get into the stats.
- Height: 5’11”
- Weight: 192lbs
- Age: 26
- Experience: 5th Season (2017)
- Games: 48
- Tackles: 139
- Pass Deflections: 17
- Interceptions: 3
Looking at Taylor’s stats, they aren’t that high which is probably why he got traded from Miami, he just wasn’t that productive on the field. In fact all three interceptions, 13 of his pass deflections and a season high 46 of his tackles came with the Browns. This kind of production was really not expected at the start of the season, although I won’ complain that we have a stud corner now!
Jamar Taylor was born in San Diego, California and played his high school football in La Mesa, California for the Helix Highlanders. Unfortunately I can’t find that much out there on his high school football career, just that he had three interceptions in his senior year of high school. It’s a shame I can’t write more about his high school career because I felt like he might be a really interesting guy.
In college, Jamar Taylor picked out of five options to go and play at Boise State in college (turning down offers from Colorado State, Idaho, Utah and Washington State). Taylor spent 5 seasons at Boise State getting lots of game experience and racking up 132 tackles, 7 interceptions and 4 sacks. When he was a senior he was named first team All-Mountain West Conference. He also ran track in college, with a lightning fast 10.72 100 meter time. This sort of speed along with his good ball skills raised his draft stock all the way up into the second round.
Taylor was then selected in the infamous 2013 NFL Draft by the Dolphins. This draft is known for flops as many teams have none or only one or two players left on the roster from the 2013 draft. Taken in the second round Taylor was meant to be a steal who could develop into a starting corner for the Dolphins. He was not this however. In his rookie year he only managed to rack up 3 tackles in 9 games for the Dolphins. The next year he got some starts, playing in 12 games with three starts and he managed to get 31 tackles. He was placed on IR before the season ended. In his final season with the Dolphins he played 12 games and started 6 times, amassing 48 combined tackles with 4 pass deflections.
Then came the trade, an afterthought in Miami, Taylor was out for revenge as he suited up in the Browns uniform for the first time. His opponent? The Miami Dolphins. It was almost like a perfect fairy tale that his first opponent would be the Dolphins, and what came next was even better. He caught an interception early in the game, sending a message to Miami as to why they shouldn’t have let him go. For the rest of the season Taylor was a revelation for the Browns, playing lights out football and getting a total of 57 combined tackles, with his 13 pass deflections and 3 interceptions. This was enough to earn Taylor a contract extension, and he took a very team friendly 3 years, $15 million deal. Super cheap for the Browns and he gets to keep playing for the organization that gave him a second chance.
For a 2017 outlook, I think his position is relatively safe. He established himself as a good starting corner for us, and with Haden’s health being questionable if anything happens to him Taylor can step up into the number one role on the cornerback depth chart. I see him having a similar season in terms of tackles (50+) and pass deflections (10+). I really can’t predict what will happen with his interceptions though, all of his interceptions this year came from great play by him and not on tip drills, so there is no reason why he can’t continue to up up 3-5 interceptions a year.
I really hope you have all enjoyed this series of player profiles, I would really appreciate following the blog by email so you know when a new post comes out as I do feel guilty posting it on r/Browns all the time! I will be doing a series on all our draft picks as well following the draft.