Todd McShay has the unenviable task of projecting his first 2012 mock draft in an Insider piece.
It’s a difficult task because the prospect list could change dramatically in the next year. Plus, the projected selection order will likely change dramatically.
But it’s a fun exercise in early May and it does give fans a taste of what to expect. Here is a look at McShay’s choices for the AFC West:
No. 5, Denver
Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State
My take: The position is Denver’s greatest need heading into the 2011 season.
No. 9, Oakland
Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
My take: I think Oakland will pick later than No. 9. But adding to the offensive line would be a smart idea.
No. 17, Kansas City
Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame
My take: This inside linebacker would be a smart pick by the Chiefs.
No. 22, San Diego
Vontaze Burfict, LB, Arizona State
My take: Burfict seems like a boon-or-bust type player.