Monday, March 28, 2011
AFC West mock draft, fourth edition
By Bill Williamson
We are offering our fourth AFC West mock draft of the offseason. We’ll likely have a couple more before the April 28 draft.
Here goes our fourth take:
2. Denver, DT, Marcell Dareus, Alabama: This pick is one of the reasons I’m updating this list. Denver could take five or six different players at this spot. I’m now leaning toward Dareus. I think the Broncos are going to decide to upgrade at defensive tackle and they’ll decide Dareus is a better fit than Auburn’s Nick Fairley. That’s if Carolina doesn’t nab Dareus with the top pick.
Previous pick: Clemson defensive end Da’Quan Bowers.
18. San Diego, DE, Cameron Jordan, California: I think San Diego will take Jordan if he’s available. Jacksonville (No. 16) and New England (No. 17) could take Jordan. If he’s available, Jordan would be a terrific fit for the Chargers’ 3-4 defense. If Jordan is off the board, Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan should get a long look. The Chargers have been to his pro day and have a visit set up with him.
Previous pick: Jordan
21. Kansas City, DE, Muhammad Wilkerson, Temple: I think Wilkerson is a riser and he could be a good value pick for the Chiefs. They will also consider linebackers, but he could help as a pass rusher and give the team some good size on the defensive line and could project as a defensive tackle. He could be too tempting to pass up.
Previous pick: Georgia linebacker/defensive end Justin Houston
48. Oakland, Stefen Wisniewski, OL, Penn State: I have stuck with Wisniewski during every mock draft and I’m not changing now. He has Raider bloodlines and he said he wants to play for his uncle, Oakland assistant offensive line coach Steve Wisniewski, a former Oakland lineman. Oakland could also look at the secondary or even a quarterback with this pick. But Wiz II is still my choice.
Previous pick: Wisniewski