ESPN’s Todd McShay has produced an interesting mock draft in which he consulted with one scout from an NFC team and one scout from an AFC team.
There are several interesting picks and quite a few make a lot of sense – until it gets to the Bears’ pick at No. 29, where the selection is Baylor’s 334-pound nose tackle Phil Taylor. Not only did Taylor transfer to Baylor after being suspended at Penn State after he was charged in an on-campus fight, but he doesn’t fit the Bears’ scheme.
Taylor is more of a two-gap nose tackle and fits best in a 3-4 defense. He is not the kind of athletic, rangy player that functions best in the Bears’ one-gap defense.
Taylor makes a lot more sense for teams like the Jets and Steelers that play 3-4 defenses, and he would make a lot more sense somewhere early or in the middle of Round 2. McShay’s mock also has Mississippi State offensive tackle Derek Sherrod and Baylor guard/tackle Danny Watkins still on the board when the Bears pick, and both players would be tough for the Bears to pass on, considering they fill much bigger needs.