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Team Dream Draft Results - AFC WEST



To keep this out of pure fantasy drafting, there are no trades proposed. This is an attempt to take a look at each team’s draft capital, assess where their roster stands after free agency and prior to the draft, and attempt to put together the best team draft possible. But most importantly, rooted in reality. That is, using SNS’ Offensive and Defensive Tier Rankings (available for FREE at Patreon / Stack ‘N Shed!) as a guide, an individual team draft will be conducted with the prospects that fit the team and is likely to be available at that draft pick. In other words, Detroit will be unlikely to get CJ Stroud at #6 and Jalen Carter at #18, so Team Dream Drafts won’t go there! Finally, like the actual draft, once a prospect is selected, he is off the board and cannot be re-drafted. This draft was completed on Friday, April 7 and does not consider any NFL transactions completed after that date.


AFC WEST


Las Vegas

Total picks – 12

1 / 7 Tyree Wilson / Edge / Texas Tech

2 / 38 Dawand Jones / OT / Ohio State

3 / 70 Tanner McKee / QB / Stanford

3 / 100 Will Mallory / TE / Miami, Fl

4 / 109 Matt Landers / WR / Arkansas

5 / 141 AJ Finley / S / Mississippi

5 / 144 DeMarvion Overshown / LB / Texas

5 / 174 DeWayne McBride / RB / UAB

6 / 204 Mekhi Blackmon / CB / USC

6 / 214 Jake Andrews / IOL / Troy

7 / 220 Tyrus Wheat / LB-Edge / Mississippi State

7 / 231 Marvin Mims / WR / Oklahoma


The Raiders resist the temptation to draft a QB high, passing on Richardson and Levis at #7. Instead, the Raiders select the big, strong, and long Wilson to improve the run defense and add another edge rusher. Jones is huge and an ideal upgrade at ORT. McKee has excellent raw skills on an NFL frame. Mallory is flying under the radar in a deep TE class but looks like a future starter. Landers has a tremendous combination of height, length, and speed. Finley has great range and good instincts. Overshown has tremendous speed and range. McBride has starting potential with a great frame and running instincts. Blackmon has good length and reaction skills. Andrews is tough and profiles as a versatile backup. Wheat is a tweener with an effective bull rush. Mims is fast and explosive and has a similar game to Hollywood Brown (Arizona).


LA Chargers

Total picks – 7

1 / 21 Bijan Robinson / RB / Texas

2 / 54 Siaki Ika / DT / Baylor

3 / 85 Tyler Steen / OT / Alabama

4 / 125 Jason Taylor / S / Oklahoma State

5 / 156 Nehemiah Shelton / CB / San Jose State

6 / 200 Jalen Cropper / WR / Fresno State

7 / 239 Chase Brice / QB / Appalachian State


Considering all of the controversy surrounding RB Austin Ekeler, drafting Robinson at #21 makes sense. Robinson is a complete back with no weaknesses in his game. Ika is a huge man and an excellent run stuffer. Steen is an experienced OLT with enough strength to play ORT. Taylor has great ball skills and superb range. Shelton offers good length and very good short area quickness. Cropper is undersized but fast and a good route runner. Brice profiles as a quality backup to Justin Herbert in LA.


Kansas City

Total picks – 10

1 / 31 Jordan Addison / WR / USC

2 / 63 Matthew Bergeron / OT / Syracuse

3 / 95 Sydney Brown / S / Illinois

4 / 122 YaYa Diaby / Edge / Louisville

5 / 134 Davis Allen / TE / Clemson

5 / 166 DJ Dale / DL / Alabama

6 / 178 Warren McClendon / OT / Georgia

6 / 217 Jaylin Williams / CB / Indiana

7 / 249 Parker Washington / WR / Penn State

7 / 250 Jaquelin Roy / DT / LSU


Addison is a smooth, reliable route runner and his skills are plug and play at the NFL level. Bergeron has good length and fantastic lateral agility to lock down OLT for the foreseeable future. Brown is an instinctive ballhawk that gives them the playmaker they were missing in the secondary. Diaby has fantastic length and raw skills worth developing. Allen is a difference maker as a receiver but his blocking needs development. Dale offers versatility up and down the defensive line. McClendon has multiple years of starting experience for the Bulldogs. Williams profiles as a starting caliber slot CB. Washington was just tapping into his immense talent when he declared for the draft – his best days remain ahead of him. Roy has the size and skills to play NT in the NFL.

Denver

Total picks – 5

3 / 67 Anton Harrison / OT / Oklahoma

3 / 68 Quintin Johnston / WR / TCU

4 / 108 Byron Young / Edge / Tennessee

5 / 139 Terrell Smith / CB / Minnesota

6 / 195 Anthony Johnson / DB / Virginia


One of the advantages, and drawbacks, of the Team Dream Draft concept is that some prospects will drop to a draft slot they are unlikely to fall to in real life. Johnston WILL NOT be available in the third round (for that matter, Harrison is unlikely to be either) but it is indicative of how deep of a draft this is and there will be a top player or two who slides the weekend of April 27th (similar to the precipitous fall that LB Nakobe Dean experienced last April). One or more Edge Rushers are likely to fall in this year’s draft due to the quality depth available and Young would be a steal at the top of the fourth round. Smith has a good combination of size, athleticism, and production. Johnson played CB at Virginia but his future seems likely to be at safety in the NFL.


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