The draft is going to be a big deal in the AFC West with three teams on pace to pick in the top 10.
Yes, it is very early, but I do think Todd McShay’s mock first-round draft is definitely worth looking at. Yes, the drafting order is very far from being determined and the players are far from being solidified as first-round prospects, but this is a good taste of how things may look as the draft talk develops:
1. Kansas City: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
My take: We all know the Chiefs need a quarterback badly and we all know there are no great quarterback choices available at the top of the draft. So, this pick works. He would be another fine player on a potentially good defense. Perhaps the Chiefs could find a bridge veteran quarterback and take someone like North Carolina State’s Mike Glennon in the second round.
3. Oakland: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
My take: The Raiders can’t go wrong here. They need defensive help badly. It will come down to who the Raiders think is the best defensive player available. There are a lot of fine choices and Werner is one of them.
9. San Diego: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
My take: The offensive line is the Chargers’ greatest need area, so it could come down to the best tackle available. But if the board falls as McShay has it, San Diego could look for value and take Alabama guard Chance Warmack or Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o here.
28. Denver: Kawann Short, DT, Purdue
My take: This is a good starting point. But the Broncos believe in taking the best player available, so I could see them taking a receiver, tight end or even an offensive lineman if they think they are getting a bargain.