Monday, January 31, 2011
AFC West mock draft (take 2)
By Bill Williamson
With the Senior Bowl complete, we are going to do our second mock draft of the offseason. He will periodically do mock drafts leading up to the April draft after major events such as the combine and pro day workouts:
Here goes our second take:
2. Denver, DT, Nick Fairley, Auburn: Denver will be watching Carolina closely for the next few months. The Panthers have the top pick in the draft and might take Fairley. The Broncos will also likely consider LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson and Clemson defensive end Da’Quan Bowers. But right now, I think Fairley is the choice in Denver.
Previous pick: Fairley
18. San Diego, DE, Cameron Jordan, California: Jordan would be a terrific fit in San Diego. He’d look very good as a 3-4 defensive end. Jordan was one of the stars of the Senior Bowl week, and San Diego might have to trade up to get him. The Chargers, who moved up 16 spots to take Ryan Mathews last year, have extra picks in the second and third rounds, so they have the power to go grab Jordan.
Previous pick: WR, Julio Jones, Alabama
21. Kansas City, LB Aldon Smith, Missouri: The Chiefs could look for a nose tackle, receiver or right tackle as well. But Smith would be a terrific pair with Tamba Hali assuming Kansas City re-signs him (or uses the franchise tag on him) as a pass-rushing linebacker in the 3-4. The Chiefs might have to hope Smith doesn’t go in the top 15, though. He could be a riser prior to the draft.
Previous pick: Anthony Castonzo, RT, Boston College
48. Oakland, Stefen Wisniewski, OL, Penn State: The recent hiring of Wisniewski’s uncle -- a former star offensive lineman with the Raiders -- as assistant offensive line coach in Oakland will not do anything to make me change my pick. Wisniewski can play both center and guard, and he’d be a good fit for the Raiders, who sent the No. 17 pick to New England in the Richard Seymour trade in 2009.
Previous pick: Wisniewski