NFL Draft 2011: Why Tyrod Taylor Will Not Be Drafted To Play Quarterback
Here is what I said about him in the mock:
"Since the Pat White experiment failed in Miami, Taylor's value will severely decrease.
"Taylor has a decent arm, even though he has horrid accuracy. He is a playmaker on the move and can extend plays.
"The Eagles have the best quarterback groomers in the league in Andy Reid and Marty Mornhinweg, and if they see potential in him, Taylor is worth a shot with a seventh-round pick."
White and Taylor are similar quarterbacks. Both are incredibly athletic, but lack true quarterbacking skills. White never developed, and some teams could be thinking the same with Taylor.
While I still believe Taylor can become a starting quarterback in the league, I think if he was drafted by the Eagles, he will have to change positions for the immediate future.
Taylor could possibly fit in as a gimmick type of a player who can come in on sub packages and spark the Eagles offense if needed.
He could also possibly play wide receiver given his athletic prowess.
The Eagles though have Mike Kafka as the expected backup, assuming Kevin Kolb is traded. Kafka will only be 24 years old and will enter his second season in the league.
Do you think Taylor can become a successful NFL Quarterback?
With Michael Vick a threat to be injured anytime he leaves the pocket, can the Eagles trust Kafka to be the primary backup?
Many expect the Eagles to pursue a free-agent veteran quarterback to fill the void as the backup and let Kafka sit another season learning from Andy Reid and his staff.
The Eagles only carry three quarterbacks on their roster, which should be occupied by Vick, Kafka and a veteran. So, if the Eagles drafted Taylor, he would not be in the mix for a backup quarterback gig.
That being said, Taylor could still make the team as a fifth receiver over the unimpressive Chad Hall. In this way, the Eagles could almost keep a fourth quarterback on the roster for Reid to slowly develop.
Taylor has a strong enough arm, but like most quarterbacks coming out of college, he struggles with his accuracy. If Reid could turn Vick into an MVP candidate, who knows what he could do with Taylor, who has similar potential.
To clarify the title, which could be a little misleading, I think eventually Taylor will be in the mix for a backup quarterback spot, probably two years down the line, but not in the immediate future because of the expected surplus at the position.
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