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CBS Sports Projected Draft Round: Sixth
Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor hasn't been considered a top quarterback in this year's NFL Draft class.
Considering the top prospects are unproven performers like Jake Locker, I beg the question: why not?
Taylor's statistics in his final year at Virginia Tech were impressive. He threw for 2,743 yards with a 59.7 completion percentage in an offense with an endless amount of running back talent and a slew of blue-collar wide receivers.
Taylor throws a very impressive deep ball, and has unrivaled pocket presence to go along with his athletic mobility.
He's made plenty of "Vick-like" plays in his day, including an amazing scrambling touchdown pass in this year's Orange Bowl.
He's also efficient, throwing for 24 touchdowns to just five interceptions in 2010.
What is there not to like about him? He's been compared to Michael and Marcus Vick. Talent-wise, that is fair, and should be a plus.
Character-wise, I don't think Taylor comes close to being the potential distraction that the Vick brothers proved to be in their NFL careers (or, for Marcus, the lack thereof).
The only knock on Tyrod Taylor is his size, at 6'1", but in terms of winning, he's done more than the prototypical 6'5" giants like Blaine Gabbert and Ryan Mallett.
He's a poor man's Michael Vick, and he doesn't fight dogs as far as we know. That's gold in the bag if you ask me.
Honorable mention: Andy Dalton, TCU