Steve Taylor could be classified as the first Nebraska football quarterback from the modern era. Taylor was one who was a much better runner than a passer but he had enough of an arm that at least one NFL team took a flyer.
Taylor played for the Huskers from 1985-88. In that time he passed for over 2,800 yards and 30 touchdowns compared to 24 interceptions. Despite those numbers, he completed just 45.5 percent of his passes.
On the ground, he ran for over 2,000 yards in his career and 32 touchdowns. That includes a little over 800 yards and 13 touchdowns rushing in his senior year.
While the Colts did indeed decide to see what he could do in the NFL, he didn’t manage to ever see the field in a regular season game. That lack of an appearance was not particularly surprising.
While Taylor is one of the better quarterbacks to ever play for the Nebraska football team, he’s one of those that would never have been drafted if the NFL draft had only been seven rounds back then.
At the same time, it’s a safe bet someone might have been willing to give him a shot at running back, or on the defensive side of the ball.