K.C. Selects: Alameda Ta'amu NT Washington
At 6-2½ and 348 pounds, Ta'amu is built like the prototypical 3-4 nose tackle. He could play with better pad level at times, but his low center of gravity and rare size make leverage less of a concern than for some other nose tackle prospects. He also has the upper-body strength (35 reps at the combine) to control and shed blockers in time to make play.
Ta'amu is never going to be a feared interior pass-rusher, but he's a strong bull-rusher who can drive blockers back at times and make it tough for quarterbacks to step up in the pocket. Finally, he rarely came off the field at Washington, so there's a lot to like about his motor and endurance.
KC's biggest need is arguably NT so this is a match made in heaven.