Source: Chargers Hot for a Dual-Threat QB

With all the attention on the defensive prospects and wide receivers, the Chargers have quietly gotten hot for one of the draft's most dynamic QBs. With Billy Volek set for free agency, it should come as no surprise a source close to this player listed the Chargers as one of four teams showing interest.

The Chargers are one of four teams showing the most interest in Virginia Tech QB Tyrod Taylor, a source close to the situation tells NFL Analyst John Crist. Other teams reportedly in a hot pursuit are the New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals.

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
Taylor (6-foot-1, 210 lbs.) capped his college career with a sensational senior year in which he completed 188-of-315 passes (59.7 percent) for 2,743 yards, 24 TDs and only five INTs. He also added 659 yards and five scores on the ground.

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 network. His work has been published by NFL Network, Fox Sports and MySpace Sports.

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