When the Dolphins snagged Boise State cornerback Jamar Taylor at No. 54 overall in the 2013 NFL Draft, it sure did look like they got a steal. And maybe they did, but there are apparently some pretty serious medical concerns surrounding Taylor.
Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reported Wednesday that Taylor has high blood pressure and damaged kidneys, two issues that were discovered at the 2013 NFL Combine.
Jackson writes that Taylor has had high blood pressure since high school and was placed on anti-inflammatory medication that damaged his kidneys and caused them to reportedly operate at "42 percent efficiency" when he was tested at the combine.
The good news is the combine tests caught the issue and Taylor is expected to recover -- he'll have scar tissue on his kidneys, but the operating efficiency of those organs is expected to improve, per Jackson.
But the potential long-term issues (there's no guarantee for recovery) caused Taylor to fall further into the second round; Jackson reports that teams in the 25-to-45 range were given the recovery explanation as well but chose not to take the Boise corner.
Pete Prisco gave the Dolphins' selection of Taylor a "B" during his second-round grades but praised the pick, noting Taylor looked like "a first-round talent." (Pete also noted that Taylor was the Fins' best pick of the draft, and I'd tend to agree.)
That grade could go up if Taylor makes a full recovery and fulfills his potential on the field for Miami.