Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Breaking down Kiper and McShay picks
By Bill Williamson
The latest version of Mel Kiper and Todd McShay’s mock drafts are available for ESPN.com Insiders . Let’s look at their picks for the AFC West teams:
Kansas City, No. 5
Kiper’s pick: Eric Berry, Tennessee, safety
McShay’s pick: Bryan Bulaga, Iowa, tackle
My thoughts: I think I’d go with Berry here. Both experts have Oklahoma State tackle Russell Okung going to Washington at No. 4. If that’s the case, I’d take Berry and address the tackle position with one of the Chiefs’ two second-round picks.
Oakland, No. 8
Kiper’s pick: Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame, quarterback
McShay’s pick: Trent Williams, Oklahoma, tackle
My thoughts: The Clausen choice certainly jumps out. If this happens it would be the story of the draft in the division. It’s possible. Clausen should be available at No. 8 and the Raiders have been sniffing around quarterbacks.
Denver, No. 11
Kiper’s pick: Earl Thomas, Texas, safety
McShay’s pick: Rolando McClain, linebacker, Alabama
My thoughts: The Thomas pick is interesting. He is moving up draft boards. I think Denver would be served well with either pick. But I’d lean toward McClain because he appears to be a safe pick at a position of need.
San Diego, No.28
Kiper’s pick: Ryan Mathews, Fresno State, running back
McShay’s pick: Terrence Cody, Alabama, defensive tackle
My thoughts: This is the Chargers’ great dilemma: A running back or a nose tackle in the first round? Mathews would be tough to bypass if he fell to No. 28. Cody is intriguing because he’s a perfect fit.