NFLDraft13: AFC West Grades

Shane May 8, 2013 0
NFLDraft13: AFC West Grades

San Diego Chargers: A

The Chargers earn this grade for hitting their first three picks out of the park.  D.J. Fluker (OT-Alabama) may have been a little over drafted, but was a needed addition to the line. Manti Te’o (LB-ND) seems like a perfect fit for the Chargers and should excel in that defense. Keenan Allen (WR-Cal) was my favorite sleeper pick and I think he is an ROY candidate and instant starter.  Steve Williams (CB-Cal) was the best of their later picks.

Best Pick – Manti Te’o / Most Questionable – Tourek Williams (DE-FIU) / Sleeper Pick – Keenan Allen


Kansas City Chiefs: B-

As mentioned in the mock drafts, I valued Eric Fisher (OT-CMU) as the top player in the draft and think the Chiefs have their blindside protector for the next decade.  However, some of the other picks didn’t address some of the needs that Kansas City has.  Travis Kelce (TE-Cincy) is an okay talent at tight end, but there were more pressing shortcomings. I do like the pick of oft-injured Knile Davis (RB-Ark).  Assuming he can stay healthy, Peyton Hillis could be in a challenge for the backup job.  Nico Johnson (LB-Bama) and Sanders Commings (CB-Georgia) both help improve the Chiefs defense.

Best Pick - Eric Fisher / Most Questionable - Travis Kelce / Sleeper Pick – Knile Davis


Denver Broncos: B-

Sylvester Williams (DT-UNC) could end up being the best defensive tackle in this draft.  (Yes, even better than Floyd, Star, and Richardson.) I really liked this pick as well as Montee Ball (RB-Wis) who likely punched Willis MacGahee’s ticket out of Denver.  The Broncos desperately needed help at defensive back which means Kayvon Webster (CB-USF) needs to become a sleeper success.  Quanterus Smith (DE-WKent) is not enough to replace Dumervill which makes a free agent signing (Freeney?) more important.  Taverres King (WR-Georgia) adds depth to the best receiving core in the NFL.  Zac Dysert (QB-MiamiOH), enjoy the practice squad.

Best Pick – Sylvester Williams / Most Questionable - Quanterus Smith / Sleeper Pick – Montee Ball


Oakland Raiders: B-

D.J. Hayden (CB-Houston) is a good story, but way over-drafted.  Menelik Watson (OT-FSU), conversely, was a value pick in the second round.  Tyler Wilson (QB-Arkansas) could see the field as a rookie if Matt Flynn is not what people believe.  This also shows a lack of faith in Terrell Pryor.  Latavius Murray (RB-UCF) is another sleeper pick that could end up as McFadden’s primary backup.  A bulk of their picks were late in the draft, but if a few can stick this draft grade could improve.

Best Pick - Menelik Watson / Most Questionable - D.J. Hayden / Sleeper Pick – Tyler Wilson

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