Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor is a good enough athlete that he’d be able to play wide receiver in the NFL. But he says that’s not going to happen.
“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.”
Taylor’s numbers at Virginia Tech last year included a 59.7 percent completion rate, with 24 touchdowns and five interceptions. So it’s easy to see why he thinks he played well enough to be a quarterback.
However, some NFL teams may wonder if Taylor is tall enough to be a quarterback, as Taylor acknowledged.
“I’ve got to find passing lanes,” Taylor said. “My height has never been a problem for me in finding passing lanes. It’s nothing that I can’t see over the line or anything.”
Taylor will probably run an impressive 40-yard dash this weekend, but he hopes that doesn’t give teams the wrong idea about him.
“I think some people see my athleticism and think I should play another position,” Taylor said. “I think I have everything I have to be a quarterback.”