Back at you today with another divisional draft recap. If you have been following along we exactly halfway through the league with the recaps for the AFC East, AFC North, NFC East, and NFC North. Today we are heading out West and recapping the drafts from the AFC West so sit tight and enjoy!
- Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
- KJ Hamler, WR, Penn State
- Michael Ojemudia, CB, Iowa
- Lloyd Cushenberry, C, LSU
- McTelvin Agim, DT, Arkansas
- Justin Strnad, LB, Wake Forest
- Netane Muti, OG, Fresno State
- Tyrie Cleveland, WR, Florida
- Derrek Tuszka, DE, North Dakota State
Not much not to love about this draft if you are a Broncos fan. They put the ball in Drew Lock’s court with this draft picking 2 of the best wide receivers in this draft with Hamler and Jeudy. Also, Cushenberry had a great season at LSU and an even better Senior Bowl. He might be able to start right away at Guard for them. Strnad was played very well for Wake Forest last season and can be a difference maker as soon as he steps on the field. The Broncos front office deserves praise for drafting players that will come in and make a difference right away and choosing to support their young quarterback with the weapons he will need to shred opposing defenses.
- Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
- Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
- Joshua Kelley, RB, UCLA
- Joe Reed, WR, West Virginia
- Alohi Gilman, S, Notre Dame
- KJ Hill, WR, Ohio State
The Chargers were able to draft the players they wanted and one has to give them that. They made risky picks with Justin Herbert and Kenneth Murray, but if both of those pay off this can be considered the best draft in the league when we look back on it. They also got a steal in Alohi Gilman in the 6th round, he can be an impact player immediately for that defense. Reed can be a great red zone target for them and Kelley paired with Austin Ekeler makes for a dangerous backfield. The Chargers went and got their guys and we will see if it pays off for them. Also, am I the only one who still says “San Diego Chargers” and consistently forget they are in LA?
- Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, LSU
- Willie Gay Jr., LB, Mississippi State
- Lucas Niang, OT, TCU
- L’Jarius Sneed, S, Louisiana Tech
- Mike Hanna, DE, Michigan
- Thakarius Keyes, CB, Tulane
When you are the defending Super Bowl Champions, there are not really a ton of team needs as you are the best team in the league with the best Quarterback in the league. However, they did get some great pieces to further help him and make the offense even more lethal. Edwards-Helaire is a shift, powerful runner who has great hands and can get open out of the backfield. Him and Damien Williams will be fierce together. Niang provides depth on an already elite offensive line. Defensively, Gay Jr. might be viewed as a reach by some but he is a hard-hitting playmaker that will help the Chiefs stop the run. Overall, solid draft by the Chiefs.
- Henry Ruggs, WR, Alabama
- Damon Arnette, CB, Ohio State
- Lynn Bowden, WR, Kentucky
- Bryan Edwards, WR, South Carolina
- Tanner Muse, S, Clemson
- John Simpson, G, Clemson
- Amik Robertson, CB, Louisana Tech
Another puzzling draft by the Las Vegas Raiders. Their first two picks were not only players who were not the top rated at their position, it was two players not even the top guys at their position on their college teams. Outside of their curious first round, they had a really solid draft. Lynn Bowden won the Paul Hornung Award for the most versatile player in College Football last year, stepping into the QB slot for Kentucky and ran a Wildcat offense that led them to an 8-5 year and he ran for almost 1,500 in 8 games as the primary ballcarrier, while also leading the team in receiving. He is probably one the strongest, shiftiest runners in the draft that makes men miss all over the field. They kept their Clemson ties strong with Muse and Simpson in the 4th round, but players showed versatility and come from one of the best football programs in the country, which is always an advantage when transitioning to the NFL. Amik Robertson could wind up being the best pick they made in this draft. He is an absolute playmaker, he makes big hits and amazing interceptions. He was a leader on that defense and can have a Desmond King-like impact on the Raiders. They are in the last slot because of their first round, but their middle rounds might have been better than the rest of their division’s.
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