AFC West Draft Grades


We’ve already graded the Denver Broncos on their draft, but let’s take a look at what the other teams in the AFC West did with their respective drafts.

Kansas City Chiefs:

The Chiefs’ primary goal was to build up both lines, and they did a great job with that. However, GM Scott Pioli may be putting to much stock into Combine numbers. The Chiefs didn’t make any trades and they picked up eight new players (5 offensive and 3 defensive). Grade: B –

Dontari Poe, NT, Memphis (Round 1, Pick 11 overall)

Jeff Allen, OL, Illinois (Round 2, Pick 44 overall)

Donald Stephenson, OL, Oklahoma (Round 3, Pick 74 overall)

Devon Wiley, WR, Fresno State (Round 4, Pick 107 overall)

DeQuan Menzie, CB, Alabama (Round 5, Pick 146 overall)

Cyrus Gray, RB, Texas A&M (Round 6, Pick 182 overall)

Jerome Long, DL, San Diego State (Round 7, Pick 218 overall)

Junior Hemingway, WR, Michigan (Round 7, Pick 238 overall)

Oakland Raiders:

Anytime a team’s first pick comes in the third round, it’s hard to give them a good grade. The Raiders did fine with what they had, however. They added six new players with their first pick being a guy who will compete with Cooper Carlisle. Grade: C

Tony Bergstorm, OT, Utah (Round 3, Pick 85 overall)

Miles Burris, OLB, San Diego State (Round 4, Pick 129 overall)

Jack Crawford, DE, Penn State (Round 5, Pick 158 overall)

Juron Criner, WR, Arizona (Round 5, Pick 168 overall)

Christo Bilukidi, DT, Georgia State (Round 6, Pick 189 overall)

Nate Stupar, OLB, Penn State (Round 7, Pick 230 overall)

San Diego Chargers:

The Chargers had the best draft in the AFC West in my opinion. They picked up three impact players with their first picks. They went defense early on and offense in the later rounds. Grade: B+

Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina (Round 1, Pick 18 overall)

Kendall Reyes, DT, Connecticut (Round 2, Pick 49 overall)

Brandon Taylor, S, LSU (Round 3, Pick 73)

Ladarius Green, TE, Louisiana-Lafayette (Round 4, Pick 110 overall)

Johnnie Troutman, G, Penn State (Round 5, Pick 149 overall)

David Molk, C, Michigan (Round 7, Pick 226 overall)

Edwin Baker, RB, Michigan State (Round 7, Pick 250 overall)

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