The most popular player projected for the Kansas City Chiefs of late in mock drafts has been Nebraska OT Gabe Carimi. However, a name that was the early favorite has resurfaced in NFP’s new two-round mock.
21. Kansas City: Phil Taylor, DT, Baylor
Taylor looks like an ideal fit at the nose for Romeo Crennel’s defense in Kansas City.
55. Kansas City: Titus Young, WR, Boise State
If you want to know how to draw the ire of Chiefs fans, just say something about the Chiefs passing on Taylor in the first round. It reminds me of last season when Scott Pioli didn’t pull the trigger on Terrence Cody out of Alabama. Kansas City passed on taking Cody three times, something they aren’t likely the have the ability to do with Taylor. If they want the big man from Baylor, the Chiefs will have to get him at 21 or fall back towards the end of the first round.
I like the idea of putting a burner opposite Dwayne Bowe and Young absolutely fits the profile. After seeing the Chiefs take a chance on the slight Dexter McCluster, there’s no reason for me to believe they will be scared off by Young’s lack of size. There are, however, off the field concerns that are more likely to derail any serious Young-to-Kansas City chatter.
The Chiefs could very well chalk up Young’s 10-game suspension in 2008 to youthful indiscretions, something they would have to do with Taylor’s troubles early in his playing career when he was playing at Penn State.