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Examining McShay's AFC West mock draft

Todd McShay has presented his latest mock NFL draft.Insider

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

No. 2, Denver

Von Miller, LB, Texas A&M

My thoughts: Miller has been doing all the right things in his workouts to move up the draft board. I think Denver has a greater needs on the defensive line, but Miller would make this defense better. I could see it happening. On McShay’s board, Alabama defensive tackle Marcell Dareus goes to Carolina with the No. 1 pick. He will be a serious option for Denver at No. 2 if he’s available. Mel Kiper just released his newest big board in an Insider piece. He has Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley as the No. 2 player on his board behind LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson. Dareus is No. 3 and Miller is No. 4. All of these players would make sense for Denver. I think Denver would also be interested in trading down a few spots and hope to get one of these players or Clemson defensive end Da’Quan Bowers. He is now No. 6 on Kiper’s list.

No. 18, San Diego

Muhammad Wilkerson, DE, Temple

My thoughts: This is interesting. McShay was raving about Wilkerson when I talked to him at the combine last month. He thinks Wilkerson is a big-time player. He would fill a need for San Diego. But I’d be tempted to take a more established player like Cal pass-rusher Cameron Jordan if he is on the board. Two years ago, San Diego took Larry English from a small school and is still waiting for him to develop. That may be a bit unfair to Wilkerson, but it is something to consider.

No. 21, Kansas City

Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin

My thoughts: I think Kansas City will first look at pass-rushers. Guys like UCLA’s Akeem Ayers and Georgia’s Justin Houston will be of interest. But Carimi is also a pick that makes sense. He’d be an upgrade over Barry Richardson at right tackle and give the offensive line an infusion of youth. It’s not a terrible idea.

UPDATE: McShay also mocked the second round. Here are his AFC West choices:

36. Denver Broncos: DT Jurrell Casey, USC

46. Denver Broncos: DS Rahim Moore, UCLA

48. Oakland Raiders: CB Curtis Brown, Texas

50. San Diego Chargers: OLB Martez Wilson, Illinois

55. Kansas City Chiefs: WR Tandon Doss, Indiana

61. San Diego Chargers: ILB Quan Sturdivant, North Carolina

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