By Chadd Cripe
© 2013 Idaho Statesman
Former Boise State cornerback Jamar Taylor’s slide in the NFL Draft was due in part to a medical issue that was discovered at the NFL Scouting Combine, the Miami Herald reported Wednesday.
Taylor, considered a possible first-round pick, fell to the Miami Dolphins at the 22nd pick of the second round — No. 54 overall.
Taylor declined to comment to the Idaho Statesman. He reports to rookie mini-camp Thursday.
The Herald, citing an anonymous source, reported that medication used to treat Taylor’s high blood pressure since high school damaged his kidneys. Anti-inflammatory medication contributed to the problem. The physical at the combine revealed that Taylor’s kidneys were functioning at 42 percent efficiency, the report says.
Medication changes have alleviated the problem, the Herald reported.
Taylor, a three-year starter at Boise State, was the eighth cornerback selected in the draft. His agent said going into the draft that he expected Taylor to be the fourth or fifth cornerback taken and to land from picks 25 to 45.
Taylor had higher NFL.com draft grades than Houston’s D.J. Hayden (No. 12, Raiders), Washington’s Desmond Trufant (No. 22, Falcons), Mississippi State’s Darius Slay (No. 36, Lions), Mississippi State’s Johnthan Banks (No. 43, Buccaneers) and North Carolina State’s David Amerson (No. 51, Redskins).
Former Boise State linebacker J.C. Percy has agreed to a free-agent tryout with the Kansas City Chiefs, he said Wednesday. Percy led the Broncos with 118 tackles last season.
He joins Taylor, tailback D.J. Harper (49ers as free agent) and cornerback Jerrell Gavins (Bucs tryout) as former Broncos headed to NFL camps.
Former Boise State cornerback commit Marcus Rios, who plays at UCLA, is facing an even bigger medical scare than Taylor. The Los Angeles Times reports that Rios, who committed to Boise State on March 1, 2011, and had second thoughts months later, has an extremely rare fungus infection in his sinus area.
Rios soon will have his seventh surgery since last October to try to remove the infection. He likely will miss all of the 2013 season, when he was slated as a starter.
According to Rios, eight of the 12 people with this infection died and two of the four who recovered died later.