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Thursday, April 23, 2009
Draft value, AFC West style

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Here is a look at the players drafted by AFC West teams who made the top-50 draft value list.

No. 7: Terrell Davis, RB, Denver, 1995, Sixth round

Comment: The catalyst of Denver's two Super Bowl championship teams. He gave quarterback John Elway a balanced attack.

No. 11: Shannon Sharpe, TE, Denver, 1990, Seventh round

Comment: He went from a small-school receiver to a position-changing tight end who won three Super Bowls.

No. 13: Karl Mecklenburg, LB, Denver, 1983, 12th round

Comment: One of Denver's best defensive players of all time. He was a classic overachiever.

No. 27: Rod Martin, LB, Oakland, 1977, 12th round

Comment: An underrated player who was a key on Oakland's great defensive teams.

No 48: Cliff Branch, WR, Oakland, 1972, Fourth round

Comment: He is one of Al Davis' all-time favorite players. Opposing defenses had to account for Branch at all times.

No. 50: Rodney Harrison, S, San Diego, 1994, Fifth round

Comment: The hard-hitting Harrison was a standout in San Diego and in New England.