The AFC West is still a division that is owned by one team, but after the 2021 NFL Draft, the other three teams are looking to close that gap.
The Denver Broncos have received high marks from most analysts regarding George Paton’s methodic approach to his first draft with the team. But the Broncos are coming off of a last-place finish in the division and will need to be much improved in 2021 to keep up with the rest of the division.
Both the Los Angeles Chargers and Las Vegas Raiders seem to be heading in the right direction and both teams have a solid nucleus of young players. The Raiders were able to beat the Chiefs once last season and the Chargers nearly did in Justin Herbert’s first career start.
The NFL will be expanding to a 17-game regular season in 2021, but when six of those games take place within the division, those will always be the six most important games on the schedule.
The Broncos have not beaten the Chiefs since 2015, they were swept by the Raiders last season and the Chargers appear to have one of the game’s best young quarterbacks. How do the Broncos stack up with these teams heading into the 2021 season?
Here is a look at the best draft picks made last week by each of the teams that compete with the Broncos within the AFC West.