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Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Raji news is good for AFC West teams

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote that the B.J. Raji situation would be closely watched by all four AFC West teams because he'd be a good fit with all four teams.

Thus, today, all four teams in the division are likely relieved now that a website has admitted it incorrectly reported that Raji tested positive for drugs at the NFL scouting combine in February.

With Raji in the clear, he likely won't fall down the draft board. The Boston College defensive tackle is considered a top-10 pick and one of the best defensive players on the board.

Raji will fit both a 3-4 and a 4-3 defensive scheme. If Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry ends up being the No.1 pick in Detroit, Raji could be Kansas City's choice at No. 3. Oakland, which picks No. 7, has greater needs but it wouldn't be shocking the Raiders took Raji. There's little chance Raji would fall past Denver at No. 12 if he were still on the board. San Diego likely would also covet Raji, but it would have to move up from No. 16, to grab him.

With Raji's name now cleared, his draft stock is sky high again, especially in the AFC West.