Examining Mel Kiper's newest mock draft

February, 16, 2011
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Mel Kiper just presented his latest mock NFL draft. Insider

Let’s take a look at his AFC West choices:

No. 2, Denver

Da’Quan Bowers , DE, Clemson

My thoughts: Kiper has Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley going to Carolina at No. 1. The Broncos would be happy with Fairley, Bowers or LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson. I’ve been hearing Denver is excited about Bowers. He has been compared to Julius Peppers, who played for new Denver coach John Fox in Carolina.

No. 18, San Diego

Tyron Smith, tackle, USC

My thoughts: I’d be surprised if the Chargers really wanted to take a tackle in this spot. On Kiper’s board, some top pass-rushing talent leaves the board right before San Diego picks. So, in that scenario, Smith could be an interesting choice.

No. 21, Kansas City

Akeem Ayers, linebacker, UCLA

My thoughts: Todd McShay made this same pick last week. Ayers is a top pass-rusher and could be a terrific complement to Tamba Hali.

Oakland traded the No. 17 pick to New England for defensive lineman Richard Seymour in 2009.

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ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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