AFC West: Draft Grade and Analysis

I officially concluded the NFC conference articles on Tuesday which means we officially begin the AFC conference teams. The AFC West consists of the Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, Los Angeles Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs. I was a fan of two of these teams draft but the other two I feel completely different about because I don’t agree they hit team needs early.

Denver Broncos

1. Bradley Chubb, Defensive End, NC State with the 5th pick
2. Courtland Sutton, Wide Receiver, SMU with the 40th pick
3. Royce Freeman, Running Back, Oregon with the 71st pick
3. Isaac Yiadom, Cornerback, Boston College with the 99th pick
4. Josey Jewell, Linebacker, Iowa with the 106th pick
4. DaeSean Hamilton, Wide Receiver, Penn State with the 113th pick
5. Troy Fumagalli, Tight End, Wisconsin with the 156th pick
6. Sam Jones, Offensive Guard, Arizona State with the 183rd pick
6. Keishawn Bierria, Inside Linebacker, Washington with the 217th pick
7. David Williams, Running Back, Arkansas with the 226th pick

Draft Analysis:

Personally I would have been much more pleased with this draft if the Broncos would have addressed the quarterback situations. Case Keenum proved to be a good quarterback in the past but only inked a two year deal. Now I understand that may seem like the Broncos have some time to adjust and figure things out but drafting a rookie this season would have allowed for him to develop under Keenum for two seasons. Overall I was very pleased with both the Bradley Chubb and Courtland Sutton picks. Both allow the Broncos immediate help on both ends of the ball. Chubb has an outstanding mentor in Von Miller so I am really excited to watch the two of them this season.

Grade: B-

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Oakland Raiders

1. Kolton Miller, Offensive Tackle, UCLA with the 15th pick
2. P.J. Hill, Defensive Tackle, Sam Houston State with the 57th pick
3. Brandon Parker, Offensive Tackle, North Carolina A&T with the 65th pick
3. Arden Key, Defensive End, LSU with the 87th pick
4. Nick Nelson, Cornerback, Wisconsin with the 110th pick
5. Maurice Hurst, Defensive Tackle, Michigan, with the 140th pick
5. Johnny Townsend, Punter, Florida with the 173rd pick
6. Azzeem Victor, Inside Linebacker, Washington
7. Marcell Ateman, Wide Receiver, Oklahoma State with the 226th pick

Draft Analysis:

I was a huge fan of the Raiders decision to bolster the offensive line. It allows for Derek Carr to be protected and hopefully allows him to play like himself again after battling injuries the last two seasons. The wide receivers are going to be my favorite thing to watch about the Raiders this season so draft Ateman didn’t make much sense to me but I could see him being like a special teams member. Hurst was a complete steal in the 5th round. Hurst has so much strength and athleticism is unbelievable. Pairing him with either Arden Key or PJ Hall will make for a dynamic pairing down the road.

Grade: C-

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Kolton Miller

Los Angeles Chargers

1. Derwin James, Safety, Florida State with the 17th pick
2. Uchenna Mwosu, Outside Linebacker, USC with the 48th pick
3. Justin Jones, Defensive Tackle, NC State with 84th pick
4. Kyzir White, Safety/Linebacker, West Virginia with the 119th pick
5. Scott Quessenberry, Guard/Center, UCLA with the 155th pick
6. Dylan Cantrell, Wide Receiver, Texas Tech with the 191st pick
7. Justin Jackson, Running Back, Northwestern with the 251st pick

Draft Analysis:

Derwin James was an absolute steal at 17. James was the best safety in the draft and with the amount of talent he possess, he should be able to draft tight ends like Jared Cook and Travis Kelce with ease. Chargers finally found their Eric Weddle replacement I hope! Mwosu will make an immediate impact on defense for the Raiders. Mwosu will be able to not only hurry the quarterback and apply pressure but will also be able to use his quick hands and bat down passes. Drafting Quessenberry will help provided talent and depth on the offensive line while draft Jackson in the 7th gives the Chargers an immediate skillset on the field who can cause havoc out the gates.

Grade: B

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Kansas City Chiefs

2. Breeland Speaks, Defensive Tackle, Ole Miss with the 46th pick
3. Derrick Nnadi, Defensive Tackle, Florida State with the 75th pick
3. Dorian O’Daniel, Inside Linebacker, Clemson with the 100th pick
4. Armani Watts, Safety, Safety, Texas A&M with the 124th pick
6. Tremon Smith, Cornerback, Central Arkansas with the 196th pick
6. Kahlil McKenzie, Guard/Defensive Tackle, Tennessee with the 198th pick

Draft Analysis:

I loved the fact that the Chiefs absolutely bolstered the defense during the draft. Personally I would have preferred that they addressed the needs more on the offensive line. I love the pressure that both Nnadi and Speaks will bring immediately but wasn’t pleased with the way the Cheifs failed to fill the gapping hole in the left guard position. Mahomes will be the key to the success this franchise sees in the near future but will need a lot of help on the offensive line if he wants to succeed immediately. Watts and Smith could definitely help in the secondary but also could see them being used on special teams.

Grade: C-


Breeland Speaks
Breeland Speaks


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