2011 NFL Draft: Philadelphia Eagles Prospect, Virginia Tech QB Tyrod Taylor

Mike BurkeCorrespondent IApril 10, 2011

MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 03:  Tyrod Taylor #5 of the Virginia Tech Hokies looks to pass against the Stanford Cardinal during the 2011 Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 3, 2011 in Miami, Florida. Stanford won 40-12.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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It seems pretty apparent that the Eagles are interested in taking a quarterback in this year's draft. Could they be interested in someone who fits the dual-threat mold that Donovan McNabb and Michael Vick posses? 

It seems possible as they've hosted Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor for a private workout.

At 6’1” and 217 pounds, Taylor has very similar size to Vick (6’0” 215 pounds). He's not as fast as Vick, but he turned in the fastest time of any quarterback at this year's NFL Combine with a 4.51 40-yard dash.

However, the biggest question surrounding Taylor's potential as an NFL quarterback isn't his speed. It's his accuracy throwing the ball that will be the big question.

Some have wondered about him making a transition to a wide receiver or a wildcat-type player because of his athleticism, but Taylor wants to be a quarterback in the NFL.

He made his strongest case that he has what it takes as a senior at Virginia Tech. In 2010, he set personal highs in completions (188), attempts (315), yards (2,743), completion percentage (59.7 percent) and touchdowns (24). With these numbers, Taylor was named the 2010 ACC Player of the Year award.

Although Taylor has improved on his passing ability, he still has big strides to make if he wants to be successful in the NFL. He's been able to create a lot by using his feet, but he'll have to show everyone that he can accurately throw from the pocket.

As mentioned, he shares a lot of similarities to Vick. Recently, Vick tweeted that he was working out with Taylor and showing him a few things. Although Vick won't make any decisions for the Eagles, I'm sure he'll give his thoughts on the prospect of drafting Taylor.

Personally, I loved watching Taylor in college, but I'm not sure if he'll be able to be successful in the NFL. I don't believe I'm the only one, and I think he'll carry that as a chip on his shoulder.

Taylor is projected to be selected in the fifth round or later, so he's not exactly a high-risk player. The Eagles have been checking out a lot of quarterbacks who are going to be selected in the later rounds, and I'd put all of them above Taylor.

If the Eagles draft a quarterback, it will likely be as a player to come in and compete for the third quarterback spot on the roster with Mike Kafka (projecting that Kevin Kolb or an unknown veteran quarterback will be the backup). 

Kafka has had a year to study the Eagles playbook and will obviously have a leg-up on anyone they bring in. There are some talented quarterbacks that will fall into the later rounds and can definitely compete, but I can't see Taylor coming in and taking a spot away from Kafka.

Check out some highlights of Taylor via Fox Sports by clicking here.