The Baltimore Ravens have not been impressed with Tyrod Taylor’s performance. Coach John Harbaugh said the Ravens have been “disappointed” with Taylor’s progression and are looking for quarterback depth, according to BaltimoreRavens.com. They plan to bring in a QB to compete with him. Taylor has beat out Curtis Painter and John Beck in the past, but what if they brought in someone from his own mold? Would Taylor be able to beat a QB with the athleticism of Tajh Boyd?
Baltimore has had a history of bringing in QBs of the Clemson Tigers’ skill-set, as shown in later rounds with the drafting of former Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith and Taylor. Like Taylor, Boyd is familiar with the read option and excels in the package. They are both very athletic and can use their feet to make a play, but only one of them can make the Ravens’ roster if Boyd is taken in a later round of this year’s draft.
Boyd was the first QB in ACC history to throw for 30+ TDs in three years. His accuracy is on point, as he can throw receivers open and manages to put bombs on target. His deep ball can sail up to 60 yards. He sets his feet very quickly after the snap, and puts great touch on the ball. This may separate him from Taylor in camp if drafted by the Ravens.
However, like like Taylor, he has very little experience under the center, as they both worked out of the shotgun in the college. This is why both of their draft stock plummeted significantly. The winner of this competition would be the one who can prove to be the better passer; the one who can show John Harbaugh that they can go through progressions and be a QB first and a runner second, and the one who proves, without a doubt, that they belong on the roster.
With one more year left on Taylor’s rookie contract, you can almost guarantee if the Ravens don’t bring in Boyd, they will pull the trigger on a player similar to him.
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