Draft pick signings going slowly in AFC West

July, 22, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Below is a look at each team in the AFC West and where they stand in signing their draft picks.

It has been slow going in the division. The entire AFC West has seven draft picks signed through Wednesday afternoon. Four teams in the NFL have at least eight picks signed.

Denver

Players signed: One

How many remaining: Nine

When rookies report: Monday

Toughest player to sign: Second-round pick Alphonso Smith may not be easy to sign. He was expected to be a first-round pick. Denver swapped its first-round pick next year for the cornerback. Thus, he and his agents know the team covets him. He may want a contract worth more than a player taken at No. 37.


Kansas City

Players signed: Three

How many remaining: Five

When rookies report: Aug. 1

Toughest player to sign: First-round pick Tyson Jackson was the No. 3 pick. With quarterbacks Matthew Stafford (No. 1) and Mark Sanchez (No. 3) signed to monster deals, the players in between may be looking for huge, huge money. It could take some time to hash the deal out for the defensive lineman from LSU.


Oakland

Players signed: Two

How many remaining: Four

When rookies report: Tuesday

Toughest player to sign: Second-round pick Mike Mitchell was taken at No. 47, several rounds higher than many teams earmarked him. Oakland could low ball him. But, ultimately, I think Oakland wants him in camp on time and Mitchell, a reasonable kid, wants to play, so there shouldn't be a big problem.


San Diego

Players signed: One

How many remaining: Seven

When rookies report: Monday

Toughest player to sign: It could be third-round pick Louis Vasquez. It could be tricky because everyone in the football world knows the guard has a chance to start. That is unusual for a third rounder heading into camp. So, potentially, there could be some issues here.

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ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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