Just like our friends over at Mocking The Draft are doing a SBNation Writers Mock Draft and revealing their picks one at a time, so to are we here on Windy City Gridiron. We have a great group of writers that are dedicated to making this the best site around, and with the NFL Draft buzz in the air we hope you are enjoying the series a much as we are by doing the mock. Next up is Brendan Hess.
With the 21st pick in the Windy City Gridiron Staff Mock Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs take...
Phil Taylor, NT, Baylor - And here's Brendan's take on his pick;
For the Kansas City Chiefs, I actually don't see a lot of big holes, but there are a few things they need to address. They could use an upgrade or two on the Defensive Line, and they need a pure pass rusher at the OLB position. On offense, their line and running game work well, but they could use a slot receiver with some explosion to take their game to the next level. Looking at the draftees already off the board (OLBs Von Miller and Akeem Ayers and potential position change players like Robert Quinn and Aldon Smith) the pick for me kind of comes down to three categories: Improve an already good offensive line, add that slot receiver, or upgrade the defensive line. I think Nose Tackle would be the best way for them to go, and the best one available here is Phil Taylor. I'd try to trade down a few if I were Kansas City, but they need to go from middle of the pack against the run to top 10 to improve chances for their young pass rushers and open things up for them to play more aggressively.
Phil Taylor, at over 330 lbs, is a textbook 3-4 Nose Tackle. He is an absolute run stuffer who clogs the middle. He is not a dominant pass rusher, but he has a mean bull rush and can handle double teams all day...He will make holes for others, and in a 3-4, that's exactly what KC needs to maximize their other talent.