This years NFL Draft is one of the most impressive classes in recent history, when it comes to defensive line prospects. If you’re in need of a pass rusher, run stuffer, rotational guy, this is the time to get one. One of the weaker aspects of the defensive line, is the 3-4 nose tackles. There are only five legitimate candidates, and only one considered a top round prospect. That guy being Baylor big man, Phil Taylor.
Since seasons end, Taylor’s arrow has been on a consistent vertical climb. What was once thought to be a mid-round selection, has wowed analyst, scouts and fans with tremendous pre-draft workouts. Coming in at 6’3″ 1/4, 334-pounds, he has displayed the strength, agility, and the nastiness needed to man the position at the next level.
According to the National Football Post, Taylor has sparked a good amount of interest in NFL teams. So much so that he has had six visits and five private workouts, including ones with the Kansas City Chiefs, and Cleveland Browns.
The Chiefs are an interesting spot for Taylor. They currently sit at 21 in the first round, and do not have a nose tackle on the roster. In 2004, General Manager Scott Pioli used the 21st pick on Pro Bowl NT, Vince Wilfork for the New England Patriots. Could Taylor go as high as 21? Putting the pieces together, all signs point to yes. Defensive Coordinator, Romeo Crennel would have a field day with a talent like Taylor.
If you like to dibble dabble in Vegas style betting, our suggestion is that you place your chips on Taylor going 21st or after.