According to the National Football Post, the Kansas City Chiefs have worked out popular NT prospect Phil Taylor out of Baylor.
Massive Baylor nose guard Phil Taylor conducted three workouts, including sessions with the Cleveland Browns, Kansas CIty Chiefs and an undisclosed AFC playoff team, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.
Taylor has six visits and five private workouts over the next few weeks.
Last week for Draft Thursday, AA staff writer Merlin did a breakdown of the NT prospects in this year’s draft. You can see his full Merlin’s Magic column here. Check out his breakdown of Phil Taylor after the jump.
Phil Taylor Baylor 6′ 3” 334 lbs
Phil is the first nose tackle that may be available. A lot of Chiefs fans have fallen in love with Phil. It’s easy to see why. He has a true nose tackle build. He has good hands, a strong lower body and does well occupying blockers. Phil lost a lot of weight after the season and showed very well at the Senior Bowl, the Combine and at Baylor’s Pro Day. Those workouts have pushed Taylor into the late first round or early second round draft territory. He did have some character issues at Penn State. That may be an issue, but it does appear that those issues are in the past.
Despite his positives, I don’t think the Chiefs will draft him. My conclusion is not based on his character issues, but on other factors. Scott Pioli looks for certain things when evaluating football players. Along with athletic skills to fit the position, he looks at other factors. He prefers players with a long track record of performance, preferably against a high level of competition. Pioli also looks for a track record of dedication to the game, plays with a high motor and exhibits strong leadership qualities. He also prefers intelligent players. I can’t speak for Taylor’s intelligence, but the rest of the list does not scream Phil Taylor. Talyor lacks conditioning and played college football at a much higher weight. Sometimes, that weight was in the 380+ lbs territory. Taylor has done a great job losing a lot of weight and showing well in the post season work. Some team may be seduced by Taylor’s potential. I don’t think that team will be the Kansas City Chiefs.
What do you think Addicts? Can you get behind Taylor in the first round?