Raji situation will be watched by the AFC West

April, 7, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Boston College standout defensive tackle B.J. Raji and his agents are disputing reports that he tested positive for drugs at the NFL scouting combine.

Raji is clearly upset. A positive test could affect his draft status.

Raji's situation is worth monitoring in the AFC West. He would be a solid fit on all four teams. He is considered a perfect 3-4 defensive tackle. The San Diego Chargers have long run the 3-4 and Denver and Kansas City are considering moving to the 3-4 defense. Oakland runs a 4-3 scheme but Raji would still be a good fit for the defensive-tackle needy Raiders.

It is not inconceivable that Kansas City takes him with the No. 3 pick or if Oakland were to take him at No. 7. Denver has worked out Raji and it would likely jump on him at No. 12. If Raji fell all the way to No.16, San Diego would have to seriously consider drafting him.

This situation will be very closely monitored by all the teams in the AFC West. Raji's strong reaction to the report had to be duly noted by the teams in the division.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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