According to the National Football Post, the Kansas City Chiefs plan to hold a private work out with former North Carolina TE Ryan Taylor.
What you didn’t think a year would go by without Scott Pioli drafting a TE, did you? You may remember I predicted this might happen a couple of weeks ago when I released my first Chiefs seven round mock draft. I had the Chiefs taking TE/FB Peston Dial out of Alabama. Here is what I said about Dial:
It is back to the SEC for the final pick in my mock. Dial is pretty much average across the board as a blocker and a pass catcher. He had a good week at the Senior Bowl and since we know Pioli loves TE’s and blockers, he might take a chance on bridging this kid to camp. He is a likable kid and a solid leaders so the Chiefs might look at him as a developmental project as a blocking TE and special teams player.
Looks like I may have been on to something. Maybe. More after the jump.
Taylor sort of fits the same profile as Dial. He is a TE/FB prospect with a lot of versatility. He was a special teams captain for North Carolina and he can also play FB, HB and he even played a little linebacker.
Taylor has had some injury concerns with his knee but you can see his obvious appeal to the Chiefs. He is projected as a 7th round/UNFA and so the Chiefs might be looking for some value here. While the team does have a solid TE in Tony Moeaki, they could use someone on the other side to focus solely on blocking. If a guy like Ryan would be an upgrade over Lenny Pope and he can play special teams, I’d say he’s worth a 7th round pick.
What do you think Addicts? Could Ryan Taylor spell the end of the Jake O’Connel era?
Check out our full list of players the Chiefs have met with privately or worked out.