Tyrod Taylor Drafted As QB For Baltimore Ravens

If you didn't catch it, ESPN had a series before the draft called the "Year of the Quarterback" and profiled some of the quarterback prospects as they prepared for the 2011 NFL draft. One of those signal-callers was Virginia Tech QB Tyrod Taylor. 

He's very athletic so there were some rumblings that he could be drafted at a position other than quarterback but the Baltimore Ravens, who drafted him in the sixth round, say he'll be a quarterback (via Carroll County Times).

"We drafted him as a quarterback, and he was evaluated as a quarterback," general manager Ozzie Newsome said. "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."

The drafting of Taylor could be a domino throughout the league. Consider this: QB Marc Bulger is currently the Ravens backup quarterback. If they allow him to leave, he'll enter free agency and will likely be pursued by teams looking for a quarterback, which could include the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks. You could throw the Tennessee Titans in there. The Cardinals and Seahawks, who seemingly have needs at quarterback, didn't pick one up last weekend. The Titans selected QB Jake Locker with the eighth pick but he may not be ready to start immediately.

So while Taylor may seem like another sixth round pick fighting for a roster spot, where he stands with the Ravens could be rather important to the rest of the league. 

Check out what Ravens fans are saying about Tyrod Taylor the quarterback at Baltimore Beatdown. 

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