A very popular draft prospect around Chiefs Nation is nose tackle prospect Phil Taylor out of Baylor.
Taylor is considered to be a late first, early second round draft prospect on a lot of boards but recent news has broken that Taylor could have an injury issue that could make him a huge risk and kill his draft stock.
According to a report by Rob Rang on cbssports.com, Taylor’s MRI’s taken at the NFL Scouting Combine revealed a problem in his feet.
Taylor, according to MRIs taken at the Combine, has bones growing together in his feet. The condition, which according to the source is not correctable through surgery, is a pain tolerance issue. Considering that Taylor played much of his senior season at 330-340 pounds — and has allowed his weight to get into the 380s in the past — teams are concerned that his weight will only make the injury tougher to handle.
Now we know that you can’t take everything you hear this time of year to the bank. It is lying season in the NFL and team officials and anonymous sources will say anything and everything to disguise their actual plans and to throw other teams off their scent.
That doesn’t appear to be the case here. Rang called various teams around the league and confirmed that Tylor is getting red flagged by team doctors. The worry seems to be that although Taylor was durable in college, this issue in his feet has the potential to wear on him, especially for a big man.
Many Chiefs fans, including myself, believed that nose tackle is such an important need that Taylor might be worth reaching for at #21. Now that this report has broken, I think the Chiefs should probably avoid Taylor.
What do you think Addicts? Can Taylor play through the pain or is he about to see a major draft slide?