2011 SB Nation NFL Mock Draft: Round 1, Pick 21

Our annual 2011 NFL Mock Draft, with picks made by each of SB Nation's NFL team bloggers, is in full swing. The latest pick in to the podium: the Kansas City Chiefs, at No. 21 overall.

With the 21st overall pick in the 2011 SB Nation NFL Writers Mock Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs select Phil Taylor, defensive tackle, Baylor.

Joel Thorman of ArrowheadPride.com explains the choice, and our own Dan Kadar reacts to it, after the jump. Make sure you're grading this pick for the Chiefs, and checking out Arrowhead Pride for all of your Chiefs needs.

Joel Thorman explains: The Kansas City Chiefs' 2010 draft focused on two things - speed and leadership. Chiefs GM Scott Pioli has said the team he inherited two years ago was one of the slowest teams he's ever been a part of, so they focused on speed in a draft class full of team captains. This year, the Chiefs are going to focus on plugging holes, and there's one sitting at nose tackle. Other nose tackle candidates, Ron Edwards and Shaun Smith, aren't under contract for 2011, and reserve Anthony Toribio played just 65 snaps last year.

So the Chiefs need to find the future, and that will come with Phil Taylor out of Baylor. He's big, strong and fills a need. The Chiefs worked him out privately and will bring him in for a visit as well, so they're displaying interest in him and his arrival in Kansas City makes sense on a number of levels. There are other holes that the Chiefs may choose to address - outside linebacker, wide receiver and offensive tackle - but I don't think Pioli finds what he's looking for at the 21st pick with those positions.

Dan Kadar reacts: If there is an antithesis to speed and leadership, it's Taylor. The mammoth run stuffer who was kicked off Penn State's team would represent the exact opposite of what Piioli went after in 2010. A lot can change in a year, though. Instead of going best player available, the Chiefs now appear to have the luxury of filling holes. In their 3-4 defense, there is none bigger than nose tackle. This pick has been projected since the Senior Bowl for a reason. For Romeo Crennel's defense to work, it requires a big nose tackle. In this draft, there is none better than Taylor. [Phil Taylor Scouting Report]

With that, the Indianapolis Colts - and our friends at Stampede Blue - are now on the clock.

Mocking the Draft's Top 5 Remaining Prospects

OVR Name Pos. College Report
9 Aldon Smith DE Missouri scouting report
13 Justin Houston OLB Georgia scouting report
14 Stephen Paea DT Oregon State scouting report
15 Mikel Leshoure RB Illinois scouting report
16 Cameron Heyward DE Ohio State scouting report

2011 SB Nation NFL Writers' Mock Draft - RESULTS

Rd. No. Team Player Pos. College Link
1 1 Carolina Panthers Blaine Gabbert QB Missouri story
2 Denver Broncos Von Miller OLB Texas A&M story
3 Buffalo Bills Patrick Peterson CB LSU story
4 Cincinnati Bengals A.J. Green WR Georgia story
5 Arizona Cardinals Cam Newton QB Auburn story
6 Cleveland Browns Marcell Dareus DT Alabama story
7 San Francisco 49ers Prince Amukamara CB Nebraska story
8 Tennessee Titans Nick Fairley DT Auburn story
9 Dallas Cowboys Tyron Smith OT USC story
10 Washington Redskins Robert Quinn DE North Carolina story
11 Houston Texans Julio Jones WR Alabama story
12 Minnesota Vikings J.J. Watt DE Wisconsin story
13 Detroit Lions Da'Quan Bowers DE Clemson story
14 St. Louis Rams Corey Liuget DT Illinois story
15 Miami Dolphins Mark Ingram RB Alabama story
16 Jacksonville Jaguars Christian Ponder QB Florida State story
17 New England Patriots Gabe Carimi OT Wisconsin story
18 San Diego Chargers Cameron Jordan DE California story
19 New York Giants Mike Pouncey G/C Florida story
20 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ryan Kerrigan DE Purdue story
21 Kansas City Chiefs Phil Taylor DT Baylor
22 Indianapolis Colts
23 Philadelphia Eagles
24 New Orleans Saints
25 Seattle Seahawks
26 Baltimore Ravens
27 Atlanta Falcons
28 New England Patriots
29 Chicago Bears
30 New York Jets
31 Pittsburgh Steelers
32 Green Bay Packers
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