Tyrod Taylor to Baltimore Ravens: 2011 NFL Draft Scouting Report
Tyrod Taylor is certainly an intriguing prospect wherever he ends up.
Taylor had lofty, lofty dual-threat expectations he had as a highly-recruited prep phenom out of Hampton High School in Virginia.
He piled up the accolades (2010 ACC Player of the Year, 2010 ACC Offensive Player of the Year, 2010 ACC Championship Game MVP) and highlight-reel performances at Virginia Tech.
But where to put him seems to be the immediate question. Some feel that his lack of size (6'0"), accuracy and over reliance on his speed will prevent him from being a serviceable quarterback in the NFL. Leading up to the draft, Taylor has balked at the idea of becoming a wide receiver.
He didn't take any snaps at the position in the Senior Bowl.
At the NFL Combine, he told the assembled media:
“Teams are grading me at quarterback and I’m getting good feedback from that,” Taylor said at the NFL Scouting Combine. “I’m a quarterback and I’ve been playing this position since I was five. No other position. My preparation, my training, my thought process comes from being a quarterback. So to play another position, I’d be starting all over again. I’m a winner at quarterback, that’s what I do. Look at the numbers at Virginia Tech that I put up.”
Analysis: Baltimore certainly doesn't have a need at quarterback with Joe Flacco already taking snaps.
But the Ravens have taken a chance on an undersized dual-threat quarterback in the past in Troy Smith with limited success. That, or they think they can convince Taylor to become a wide receiver.
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