The North Carolina Tar Heels basketball team is still alive in the big dance, but it’s the UNC football team that will get the attention of the Kansas City Chiefs this week. TE/FB Ryan Taylor is scheduled to work out for Chiefs TE coach Bernie Parmalee on Wednesday, according to NFP.
A special-teams captain for the Tar Heels, Taylor offers positional versatility because he can play fullback or H-back and is regarded as a physical, aggressive player.
Taylor had 19 special-teams tackles two seasons ago, also operating as a reserve linebacker.
I’m a little surprised the Chiefs would take the time to work out a guy like Taylor. Not because he wouldn’t fit in Kansas City, but because he seems to be a great fit. Taylor is likely a guy that will be available as an undrafted free agent (whenever free agency opens) so why show your cards with a work out?
Even though two years ago he played a little reserve linebacker, Taylor played exclusively on offense and special teams in 2010. In fact, due to an injury to TE Zack Pianalto, Taylor finished fourth on the team in receptions with 36 for 330 and two touchdowns. In the Tar Heels 30-27 bowl game victory over Tennessee, Taylor led UNC with 9 catches.
Already talked about as one of the hardest hitters on North Carolina, proving he can come in and catch the ball in addition to blocking both as a tight end and fullback will help Taylor make the Chiefs or any team that takes a chance on the 23-year-old.