Mel Kiper Jr. takes a difficult tact on his latest mock draft. He assigns players for each round based on the fits he thinks best works and not his usual formula of assigning picks.
Let’s take a look at his choices for the AFC West:
Rd 1 (25) DT Derek Wolfe
Rd 2 (57) RB LaMichael James
Rd 3 (87) WR T.Y. Hilton
My take: The Wolfe choice is interesting. The Cincinnati product is one of Kiper’s favorite sleepers. He is a productive player. Still, I think Denver could trade down some slots and get him. The James and Hilton choices would add explosion to Peyton Manning’s offense.
Rd 1 (11) DT Dontari Poe
Rd 2 (44) G Amini Silatolu
Rd 3 (74) NT Alameda Ta'amu
My take: Kiper has some beef going to Kansas City. Poe and Ta'amu would be great pieces for Romeo Crennel to play with and Silatolu would bring more youth to the offensive line. It’s an interesting group.
Rd 3 (95) OLB Bruce Irvin
My take: The Raiders are in a tough spot. They are challenged to find a player who can make an early impact from the No. 95 spot. The pass-rushing Irvin is probably as safe as any pick this deep in the draft.
Rd 1 (18) OLB Chandler Jones
Rd 2 (49) S Brandon Taylor
Rd 3 (78) RB Isaiah Pead
My take: This is probably my favorite grouping of this exercise. I think all three players would address needs and help immediately. This trio would offer big value.