However, isn’t the most decisive passer at this stage and is really limited in his ability to quickly decipher information and go through his progressions. Gets spooked easily by any pressure, which causes his eye level to go down quickly and he’ll prematurely take off. Displays a strong enough arm to make all the necessary throws at the next level and does a nice job getting the ball out of his hands quickly with a high, compact throwing motion, as he can really spin the football. Exhibits average touch and accuracy as well when his initial read is on and has the ability to throw receivers open and get the ball out of his hand on time. However, it’s when he has to go through any type of progression that the game really seems to speed up on him. Is limited to only reading one side of the field, and if nothing is on, he has a tendency to take off too quickly. Exhibits the ability to improvise with the best of them in college football, but relies on that skill set far too often.
Impression: A gifted athlete who can create with his legs and be a threat in the open field. However, although he has improved in the mental aspects of the game over the past couple seasons, he still has a long way to go. Will get a look though as an athlete/wildcat option who could catch on as a team’s number three QB at best."
As an NFL draft prospect, Taylor is best described as a Wildcat QB prospect who has potential at other positions. A tremendous natural athlete with great heart and fire for the game, Taylor does not possess the pure passing ability to make an NFL roster as a quarterback, but his skill set is similar to that of Jets versatile receiver/returner Brad Smith in that he will reward a creative NFL team as a special team/role player who can spice up a wildcat as a rookie and beyond.
Positives: Three-year starter and an athletic dual-threat quarterback prospect who can make big plays with his arm and his legs. Demonstrates good accuracy when using proper footwork and decent arm strength. Had an outstanding 24-5 TD/INT ratio as a senior, when his ability to read defenses improved vastly. Very fast and elusive. Has the athletic ability to be projected as a running back or wide receiver.
Negatives: Awkward delivery includes a wind-up and a hitch in the throwing motion, with his wrist turned with the ball almost 180 degrees before the elbow moves forward. Whether the NFL wishes to correct that may depend on his role -- as a gadget quarterback who plays wide receiver, he could get away with it. Holds the ball too long in the pocket. Doesn't secure the ball when running. Loses accuracy when he doesn't maintain proper footwork."
Positive: Athletic passer who significantly improved his game last year. Patient in the pocket, throws with an over-the-top delivery, and gets rid of the ball with a flick of his wrist. Remains poised, gets outside the pocket to give himself more time, and easily eludes defenders or scrambles from the rush. Possesses a big arm, puts speed on all his passes, and loses nothing throwing on the move. Effectively controls and commands the offense.
Negative: Short and seemingly has difficulty seeing over the line at times. Tends to stare down the primary target. Passes will sail at times. Marginal downfield accuracy.
Analysis: Taylor displayed signs of improvement last year, and his play pushed him into the late rounds of the draft. He does not possess starting potential for the NFL, but he could be a back-up quarterback placed on the field in the red zone or during wildcat formations."
Negatives: Struggles throwing an accurate deep ball... Inconsistent passer at the intermediate level... Too much of a runner at this point, doesn't do a good job in his drop steps and looks to tuck and run too early... Hasn't been asked to go through a proper NFL progression, offense is designed for him to make one read... Height will be a concern... Virginia Tech's long line of mobile quarterbacks has not seen much success in the NFL (Michael Vick, Marcus Vick, and Bryan Randall)... Has not lived up to the hype surrounding him coming out of high school, was the number one dual-threat quarterback prospect in the country and the number three quarterback overall according to Rivals.com... May need to be converted to WR in the NFL."
Weaknesses: Not quite as explosive as Vick as a runner. Lacks that kind of long speed. Lacks touch still on many balls, especially some crossing routes and end-zone sets that require feathering rather than rifling. Still has a ways to go in terms of the fine points of QB leadership and decision making. May still be prone to the bonehead play at crunch-time moments.
Projection: Superb dual-threat QB prospect. Would be a first-round pick if more teams used the type of offense in which he flourishes. Should still be a 3-4th rounder, with room to go higher if he performs well in the post-season."
Wide Receiver is his destiny. And I hope he embraces it, because he's got the raw skills to be a very good one.
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