In the sixth round with the 180th pick, the Ravens took Tyrod Taylor. He was a winner all four years he was at Virginia Tech as he amassed a record of 33-8 as the starting quarterback and led Virginia Tech to three straight ACC championships. In his senior year, he was also the ACC Player of the Year.
As for his pro prospects, it was considered that he would need to change positions. However, he is not the first quarterback to come from the Hampton area and play for Virginia Tech and have success in the NFL. As for the Ravens, general manager Ozzie Newsome said:
We drafted him as a quarterback, and he was evaluated as a quarterback. As far as him coming into our system, we feel like he has the skill sets to play the position and he also brings the added dimension of being a terrific athlete that can get out of the pocket and hurt people. He has the ability to do that also.
After speaking to a couple different Hokie alums, I am still not sure what his pro prospects will be. If I were to speculate, he will compete with Marc Bulger for the QB2 spot when the season starts and the Ravens will go from there. If Taylor works out, it could lead to a trade of Bulger to a host of teams looking for a quarterback.
From everything I heard during the draft it seemed like a foregone conclusion that Bulger was going to Arizona whenever free agency started.
call the fire department, because Tyrod’s gonna be on fiya. for real – I’m excited to see how he does with the Ravens. he’s an incredibly talented athlete, and I think he’ll succeed.
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