Rookie QBs coming to AFC West?

January, 25, 2012
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Quarterbacks Kellen Moore of Boise State and Russell Wilson of Wisconsin are both helping their NFL draft cause with solid performances at the Senior Bowl this week, according to an Insider piece.

Both quarterbacks are considered third-day prospects (fourth round or later) because neither has ideal height for an NFL quarterback. Let’s look at whether either quarterback could be playing their way into interesting any AFC West teams:

Denver: I expect Denver to look at quarterbacks in the draft as it did last year. But I’m not sure the Broncos will be ready to invest a high-round pick on a quarterback. They may do that next year if Tim Tebow fails to prove himself in 2012. I do think the Broncos would be open to taking a bargain late in the draft. If someone like Brandon Weeden of Oklahoma State is available on day three, I think Denver would be more inclined to take him rather than Moore or Wilson. Since the Broncos would be open to drafting a quarterback, I wouldn’t be shocked if Moore or Wilson ended up in Denver.

Kansas City: The Chiefs took Ricky Stanzi in the fifth round last season. So, I don’t see Kansas City taking another developmental quarterback this year.

Oakland: The Raiders are in a similar situation as the Chiefs as they took Terrelle Pryor in the third round of the supplemental draft last year. Combine that with the fact the Raiders likely don’t need another project at the position and their lack of draft picks, we just don’t see the Raiders looking at Moore or Wilson.

San Diego: I’d say the Chargers, along with the Broncos, are the most likely of the teams in the division to take a flyer on one of these two players. The Chargers signed Wisconsin’s Scott Tolzien as an undrafted player last summer and regretted not keep him on the 53-man roster when he was claimed by San Francisco. I could see the Chargers looking to develop a young quarterback. They could take a stab at Moore or Wilson if either were available at the right time.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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