That's right, another post about our Nose Tackle and who is now filling the position. A couple of drafts ago there were many folks here who wanted Big Phil Taylor from Baylor. It was no secret that we needed a Nose Tackle to help the interior of our defense. Somehow our GM shocked the fans by not choosing the GUY who most thought was the best suited to play that position. Instead, our GM Scott Pioli waited until this draft to fill the position with Mr. Poe.
There were a couple of obvious similarities between them. Big men who seem to be able to man the position and a great combine performance. After that not so much. Big Phil was from a stud conference and DePo wasn't. I was adamantly against Taylor from the start because his performance at the combine was suspect in regards to his past. That past included weight loss to excel for the show the combine has become. Also it was reported Phil had some foot problems which could affect his presence on the field at various times in the future. Dontari was different just in that he wasn't deemed to heavy and wasn't worried about his weight or physical appearance, didn't have injury concerns, but had some worries about his performance during games.
I must admit I was shocked by the pick as I didn't think he fit what Scotty looked for, while a few play makers were still available. But as adamantly as I was against bringing Phil Taylor in, I am not as disposed to write DePo off because of the upside that is readily apparent with his freakish physical tools and how they can impact the defense. I freely admit to some trepidation with this pick, but am still happy we passed on the guy from Baylor.
What do you think, should we have passed on DePo and taken Taylor? Passed on both and drafted another play maker? Traded the pick, or just accept the fact that Scotty knows best. Go Chief's!!