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Ravens GM Newsome on Taylor: 'We drafted him as a QB'

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Tyrod Taylor doesn't believe he was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens to be anything less than a quarterback.

Some have speculated the former Virginia Tech passer would shift to wide receiver in the NFL, but the Ravens disagree.

"We drafted him as a quarterback, and he was evaluated as a quarterback," Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome told the Carroll County Times after the draft. "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."

Taylor, taken in the sixth round, started his college career as a scrambling quarterback, but developed into a dropback passer as he grew into the position. 

He does not lack confidence, telling reporters after he was drafted that he "can do it all" on the football field.

"I believe I'm the most dynamic quarterback in the draft," Taylor told the newspaper. "I have the ability to move the pocket and keep the play alive, and I also have the ability to stay in the pocket and make every throw that they ask for. My style is kind of a mixture of all.

"I want to do whatever it takes to help the team and in the best situation. Most teams have talked to me as a quarterback. I'm evaluated as a quarterback. After talking to the Ravens' coaching staff, they look at me as a quarterback and want to mentor me and mature me as a quarterback."

As a senior with the Hokies, Taylor completed 188 of 315 passes for 2,743 yards and 24 touchdowns. For his career, he threw for more than 7,000 yards and 44 scores.

The 6-foot-1 quarterback is a bit undersized, but he has the quickness to compete for a job as a third-stringer with the Ravens behind Joe Flacco and Mark Bulger.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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