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Ravens insist Taylor was drafted to play QB

Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said Tyrod Taylor, the Ravens' sixth-round pick, was evaluated as a quarterback and was drafted as a quarterback.

Because Taylor is just a little over 6-feet and because his playing style at Virginia Tech was more reminiscent of Michael Vick than Joe Flacco, there was pre-draft speculation that he might be converted to wide receiver.

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Not so, Newsome said.

"He brings an added dimension of being a terrific athlete," said Newsome, who cited the prevalence of NFL quarterbacks "who can get out of the pocket and hurt people."

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Taylor expected to be drafted earlier, but took his drop to the sixth round in stride.

"Of course I didn't want to fall this low," he said, "but I would rather fall to a lower round and get in a better situation than anything."

Ken Murray

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