Examining Kiper's AFC West mock draft picks

March, 9, 2011
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Mel Kiper has presented his latest mock NFL draft. Insider

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

No. 2, Denver

Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn

My thoughts: Fairley is definitely going to be in the mix in Denver. Alabama defensive tackle Marcell Dareus and Clemson defensive end Da’Quan Bowers are going to be at the top of Denver’s list as well. Here's how Fairley could become Denver’s pick, assuming Denver has its choice of the top defensive linemen: Denver chooses to take a defensive tackle over an end and it likes Fairley more than Dareus.

No. 18, San Diego

Cameron Jordan, DE, California

My thoughts: I like it a lot. I think San Diego would be thrilled to get Jordan. He’d be a steal at No. 18. San Diego has to hope he doesn’t go to Jacksonville at No. 16 or New England at No. 17. This would be a great fit. Jordan has the whole package and would be an instant impact player for the Chargers.

No. 21, Kansas City

Akeem Ayers, LB, UCLA

My thoughts: I wouldn’t be surprised. Ayers didn’t have a great combine and he dropped some, so perhaps Kansas City could trade down a few spots and still grab him. But Ayers is just the type of player Kansas City is looking for. He’d give this defense a pass-rushing jolt. I like the match.

Oakland traded the No. 17 pick to New England for defensive lineman Richard Seymour in 2009. The Raiders' first pick is No. 48 overall.

Weigh in on Kiper’s AFC West choices in the comments section below.

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