Raising red flags in the AFC West

May, 9, 2013
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The Football Outsiders offer their post-draft red-flag areas for each AFC West team. Let’s review.
Denver Broncos

Red flag: Middle linebacker

My thoughts: It is a potential problem. But the Broncos feel like they will find a suitable option from among free-agent signee Stewart Bradley and youngsters Nate Irving and Steve Johnson. It is not a position that Denver puts a ton of emphasis on.

Kansas City Chiefs

Red flag: Wide receivers

My thoughts: I think it depends on Donnie Avery, Jon Baldwin and Dexter McCluster. The team is high on all three. If two of them can complement No. 1 receiver Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City will be fine in this area.

Oakland Raiders

Red flag: Interior offensive linemen

My thoughts: The Raiders have plenty of holes and there are bigger issues than this area. As for the biggest red flag, I’d say it's the pass rush. Oakland was weak in the area last season and there are no reliable, experienced options here other than Andre Carter -- and he is a situational player.

San Diego Chargers

Red flag: Offensive line

My thoughts: Most certainly. In particular, left tackle is the problem. The Chargers will try to fix it, perhaps by signing Max Starks. He wouldn’t be great, but he’d still represent an upgrade.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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