Baylor nose tackle Phil Taylor’s draft stock is all over the place, depending on who you talk to.
Some believe he’s more of a mid-round pick that has been artificially pushed up to possible first round status because of the lack of possible 3-4 nose tackles available. Some believe he’s a true talent with top-15 upside and questions about his effort are overblown.
Taylor also has a medical issue that could cause teams to be wary.
Rob Rang of CBSSports.com reports that teams are red-flagging Taylor after a Combine physical revealed bones growing together in his feet. Apparently, this is something that can’t be corrected surgically. It’s just about pain tolerance.
“This isn’t just our team, by the way,” Rang’s source said. “Every team gets the MRIs. Every other team is seeing this too.”
It’s tough to tell just how serious this concern is. But it makes Taylor’s draft stock all the more unpredictable.