One spot after taking defensive end Olivier Vernon, the Miami Dolphins selected LSU safety Brandon Taylor with the No. 73 pick overall and 10th selection of the 3rd round. Taylor is an impressive athlete who played in perhaps the deepest secondary in college football last year. He is largely considered a run stuffer, who enjoys playing in the box and coming up to punish the ball carriers. On other hand, he is considered weaker in man-to-man coverage, something that could be exposed against the tight ends of the AFC East.
The Dolphins got their quarterback of the future in Ryan Tannehill at No. 8 overall and added Jonathan Martin at No. 42 overall. After going defense and taking Olivier Vernon and Taylor with back-to-back picks in the 3rd round, the Fins are not scheduled to draft again on Friday but as we've seen, there's still plenty of time for movement in Round 3. If they hold off, they will not pick again until No. 103 with the eighth overall selection of Round 4.