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Kansas City Chiefs: Why NT Phil Taylor Would Be a Good Fit in KC

NFL draft prospect Phil Taylor could really help the Chiefs if they select him with their first pick in the upcoming April draft.
NFL draft prospect Phil Taylor could really help the Chiefs if they select him with their first pick in the upcoming April draft.Jamie Squire/Getty Images
Bill RobbinsCorrespondent IMarch 8, 2011

The Kansas City Chiefs have many options for their first-round pick of the upcoming 2011 NFL Draft.

They could go with another solid receiver to help bolster their passing offense, a pass-rushing linebacker or a more dire need: a big, strong and tough defensive tackle to hold down the fort for the defensive line.

Make no mistake about it, the Chiefs need a solid run-stopper in the middle of their defensive line, and they need it in a bad way.

After watching the team over the last few seasons, it is clear that they have been lacking a strong defensive tackle to disrupt opposing offenses.

They have tried to come up with quick-fix solutions to the problems by employing players like journeyman Ron Edwards and others who have shown flashes of solid play at that position.

In the end, it is time to look somewhere else, and I am referring to the NFL Draft.

That is where former Baylor star Phil Taylor fits into the Chiefs future plans at defensive tackle.

Taylor dominated during his college career with the Bears, picking up 107 career tackles as he was a force on the defensive front for both Baylor and Penn State.

He was a plug in the middle when teams tried to run the ball and has the ability to really help slow down running games in the NFL with his strength and 6'4'', 340-pound frame.

The Clinton, MD native also has the ability to get to the QB, which is evident in his five career college sacks.

The only issue about Taylor lies more with his character concerns stemming from his dismissal from the Penn State football team in '07, which has been a red flag for Chiefs GM Scott Pioli when drafting players in the past.

However, Taylor has reportedly become a changed man since his forgetful '07 season and after losing a lot of weight, he could make a big impact on a Chiefs team that really needs a player of his caliber to start at DT next season.

Will Pioli and Co. take a chance?

I think they should, but we will all find out if they agree on April 28th under the bright lights of Radio City Music Hall in NYC.

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