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AFC WEST


 

Denver

Denver only had five picks in the draft and used those picks to add talent to the roster – two offensive and three defensive prospects were drafted. Sanders and Moss figure to challenge for starting positions this fall.

Best pick – Moss

??? pick – Skinner

Grade – C+



Round/Pick

Prospect

Pos

College

​Comments

2/63

Marvin Mims

WR

Oklahoma

Denver trades up and picks the undersized but explosive WR who should work well out of the slot.

3/67

Drew Sanders

LB

Arkansas

Quality LB who excels at blitzing. Recorded 9 sacks in 2022.

3/83

Riley Moss

CB

Iowa

Moss could become the first white CB to get significant playing time in the NFL since Jason Sehorn retired two decades ago.

6/183

JL Skinner

S

Boise State

Skinner has great size, length, and range. His ability to contribute on special teams will impact his immediate NFL future.

7/257

Alex Forsyth

IOL

Oregon

The Ducks center is a solid, reliable pivotman who has battled injuries in his time in Eugene. He may have to spend time on the practice squad but he looks to be a possible contributor in the NFL.



 

Kansas City

The Chiefs had six draft picks – two were used on offense and four on defense. The Chiefs had no major needs to address and stayed true to their draft plans with their picks, adding two Edge Rushers (FAU, Thompson) and two defensive backs (Conner, Jones). Nothing sexy. Just a fundamentally solid draft performance.

Best pick – Thompson

??? pick – Morris

Grade – B-



Round/Pick

Prospect

Pos

College

​Comments

1/31

Felix Anudike-Uzomah

Edge

Kansas State

FAU recorded double digit sacks the last two seasons at K State. He has excellent length, bend, and closing burst. This seems a bit high for FAU but he is a quality pass rusher with plenty of upside to be developed by the Super Bowl Champions.

3/92

Wanya Morris

OT

Oklahoma

Strong, tough, and physical with marginal balance and lateral agility. Morris may have to play OG in the NFL.

4/119

Chamarri Conner

S

Virginia Tech

Reportedly, the Chiefs think that Conner will be a CB in the NFL and he has the size and length desired to line up on the outside.

5/116

BJ Thompson

Edge

Stephen F. Austin

There are reasons that certain teams always seem to be good – having Mahomes certainly helps – and that because they develop a draft plan and then execute that plan. Thompson has great natural tools and is a highly productive FCS pass rusher. It may take a while, but Thompson figures to be a contributor early in his career.

6/209

Keondre Coburn

DT

Texas

Coburn is a run stuffer who figures to compete for a backup NT job with the Chiefs.

7/250

Nic Jones

CB

Ball State

Jones has good length and quick twitch reaction skills to mirror WRs in man coverage. Jones should be a solid contributor in time but is likely to spend time on the practice squad first.


 

LA Chargers

The Chargers used their seven draft picks to add a couple of receivers (their biggest need) and then addressed their defensive and offensive lines with three additional linemen. The Chargers are in the mix to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl because they utilize all means, including the draft, to improve their roster.

Best pick – Matlock

??? pick – None

Grade – A-




Round/Pick

​Prospect

Pos

College

Comments

1/21

Quintin Johnston

WR

TCU

The Chargers have a type…at WR. Johnston has size, length, and explosive long speed. Injuries at WR hurt LA last year. By drafting Johnston, consider that problem addressed.

2/54

Tuli Tuipulotu

Edge

USC

TT led the PAC 12, and FBS, in sacks. He’s a tough, hard-nosed defender.

3/85

Daiyan Henley

LB

Washington State

Henley has excellent speed and instincts and has great range. He has good coverage abilities and can cover TEs and most RBs.

4/125

Derius Davis

WR

TCU

Chargers load up on Horned Frogs WR with the drafting of Davis. Davis has elite deep speed and is a very good punt returner.

5/156

Jordan McFadden

OT

Clemson

McFadden was a multi-year starting OLT for the Tigers. He lacks a bit of desired length and athleticism to play OLT in the pros but is a smart, well-schooled prospect who will compete for playing time early in his career.

6/200

Scott Matlock

DT

Boise State

Chargers select the quick and strong Matlock at #200. Matlock lost both his parents at age 14 and has overcome significant obstacles to become an NFL draft pick. Matlock has the skills, and the character, to carve out a long-term NFL career.

7/239

Max Duggan

QB

TCU

Chargers select the Heisman finalist. Duggan profiles as a potential long-term NFL #2 QB with leadership skills, moxie, and toughness. Duggan will most likely start his career on the Chargers practice squad.



 



Las Vegas

The Raiders used their nine picks to bolster the offensive and defensive lines (3 linemen & 1 TE) and their coverage units with three space players on defense (1 LB, 1 CB, and 1 Safety). Like most drafts, the Raiders’ draft will be evaluated by the performance of Tyree Wilson. But the overall depth of this class is impressive.


Best pick – Bennett

??? pick – O'Connell

Grade – B-



Round/Pick

​Prospect

Pos

College

Comments

1/7

Tyree Wilson

Edge

Texas Tech

The rumors were that the Raiders were going to draft a CB at #7 but decide to go with the talented Red Raider pass rusher. Wilson has great length and power and will line up opposite All-Pro Maxx Crosby on the DL.

2/35

Michael Mayer

TE

Notre Dame

SNS’ #1 ranked TE finally goes off the board. He’s solid as a blocker and has reliable hands. Good pick.

3/70

Byron Young

DL

Alabama

Young is versatile and fundamentally solid DT who can play DE, DT, or NT.

3/100

Tre Tucker

WR

Cincinnati

Undersized slot receiver with speed and elusiveness. Should excel as a punt returner in the NFL.

4/104

Jakorian Bennett

CB

Maryland

Great ball athlete who is always near the ball in the air.

4/135

Aidan O'Connell

QB

Purdue

Raiders trade up to select the Boilermaker QB. O’Connell is a poor man’s Jared Goff who is smart and efficient but lacks some arm strength and has no remarkable skills that stand out.

5/170


Christopher Smith

S

Georgia

Raiders make a good selection with the drafting of Smith, who is smart, instinctual, and is a leader on the field.

6/203

Amari Burney

LB

Florida

Burney is an extremely athletic LB who matches up well in space with both RBs and TEs. His length makes him effective in run support, as well as in coverage.

7/231

Nesta Jade Silvera

DT

Arizona State

NJS, a transfer from Miami, Fl, is limited as a pass rusher but looks to be an ideal inside run stuffer in Vegas. He should compete for a roster spot this fall.



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