Unlike most of the quarterbacks San Diego has employed in the A.J. Smith era Taylor is dual-threat prospect who can make plays with both his arms and legs. He ends his Virginia Tech career as the school's all-time leader in passing yards and total offense.
QB Tyrod Taylor
It would be an interesting change in philosophy if the Chargers tabbed a running quarterback. The team hasn't gone the "athlete" route at that position since picking Cal Poly's Seth Burford in the seventh round of the 2002 draft.
Taylor's athleticism will likely cost a little more, although it is possible San Diego could pick him up with one of its two selections in the sixth round.
Taylor's stock takes a hit because of his marginal height and the fact that he never completed even 60 percent of his passes in any college season. Nonetheless, the Chargers can take solace knowing they can bring him along slowly, as Philip Rivers will be under center for the foreseeable future.
There is also a chance the Chargers will re-sign Volek and make Taylor the No. 3, developmental quarterback. That role was supposed to be filled by 2010 fifth-round pick Jonathan Crompton before he flamed out miserably and was released.
San Diego went with just two quarterbacks on the 53-man roster for most of last season, although GM A.J. Smith has made it clear he prefers to be three-deep at the game's most pivotal position.
Apparently, Taylor is an early favorite to enter the three-deep equation.
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Michael Lombardo is a member of Pro Football Writers of America and a long-time contributor to the Scout.com network. His work has been published by NFL Network, Fox Sports and MySpace Sports.