Where they stand

April, 30, 2012
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Last week, we looked at some players from each team who could be affected by the draft. Let’s review now that the draft is over:

Denver, running back Willis McGahee

Why: He needs a backup.

Result: Denver drafted running back Ronnie Hillman at No. 67 and traded up 20 spots to get him. He is more of a change-of-pace guy and not a classic pounder. But Hillman will get his share of carries and help take pressure off of McGahee.

Kansas City quarterback Matt Cassel

Why: He faced competition.

Result: Kansas City looked at several top quarterbacks, but they didn’t draft one. The same goes in free agency. Instead of replacing Cassel, Kansas City made a statement by building the roster around him. It is clear the Chiefs believe in Cassel.

Oakland, tight end David Ausberry

Why: He faced competition.

Result: The Raiders did not draft a tight end. They are thin at tight end and they could bring in a veteran. But Ausberry, a late-round pick last year, should get his chance to play.

San Diego, running back Ryan Mathews

Why: He needs a backup.

Result: The Chargers drafted the intriguing Edwin Baker in the seventh round. Baker slipped down the draft and he has potential. But I’m not sure he is ready to be a top backup. San Diego still might bring in a veteran.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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