Monday, January 3, 2011
Denver has the No. 2 pick
By Bill Williamson
Some random thoughts as the regular season ends:
Denver has the No. 2 draft pick, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Expect Denver to either trade down to compile more picks to continue to rebuild or take the best defensive player available.
Oakland earned the No. 17 pick, but will send it to New England as part of the Richard Seymour trade in Sept. 2009. San Diego will pick No. 18. The Chiefs are currently set at No. 22, but that can change depending on postseason advancement.
San Diego led the NFL in total offense and total defense. Remarkably, it didn’t mean much as the 9-7 Chargers finished in second place.
Kansas City led the NFL in rushing average. Oakland was second.
Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles averaged 6.38 yards a carry this season. It was the second highest per-carry average in NFL history behind’s Jim Brown’s 6.4 per-carry average in 1963. Charles was second in the NFL in rushing yards.
San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers was the NFL’s yardage leader with 4,710 yards. He beat the Colts’ Peyton Manning by 10 yards. Denver receiver Brandon Lloyd led the NFL with 1,448 receiving yards. It was a career year for the journeyman. Expect Denver to try to secure Lloyd with a long-term deal. Kansas City linebacker Tamba Hali, a Pro Bowl snub, was second in the NFL with 14.5 sacks.
The AFC West combined for 31 wins this season. Kansas City had 10 wins, San Diego had nine wins, Oakland had eight and Denver had four. It had a higher win total than the NFC West and AFC South. In 2008, the AFC West had 23 combined wins and last season it had 30 wins.