Massive Baylor nose guard Phil Taylor has eight upcoming official visits, including the New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, Kansas City Chiefs, San Francisco 49ers and the New Orleans Saints, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.
Taylor conducted three private workouts this week with the Browns, Chiefs and an undisclosed AFC playoff team.
Taylor is regarded as a rising prospect on draft boards, especially after the Senior Bowl where he shoved around blockers.
Taylor is a big, strong anchor at 6-foot-3, 334 pounds.
At the scouting combine, he ran the 40-yard dash in 5.09 seconds and bench pressed 225 pounds 31 times.
Taylor recorded 62 tackles, seven for losses and two sacks last season and was named second-team All-Big 12.
Taylor transferrred from Penn State after being suspended after a fight at the student union during a fraternity function.
A felony aggravated assault charge was eventually dropped, and Taylor didn't get into any trouble at Baylor and was named to the Big 12 Commissioner's honor roll.
During his first season in Waco, Taylor recorded 25 tackles 2 1/2 for losses, a half-sack, one interception and two blocked kicks.