Friday, April 29, 2011
Wrapping up AFC West's second round
By Bill Williamson
Some interesting names joined the AFC West in the second round.
We mentioned the Oakland Raiders family choice of Penn State offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski at No. 48.
In the first AFC West pick of the round, the Denver Broncos took UCLA safety Rahim Moore. He was the top safety on the board and he should step in as a starter at free safety, replacing Renaldo Hill. Moore is a tough, high-character kid. Nice pick.
On the very next pick, Denver took Miami’s Orlando Franklin, who should start at right tackle. He will replace free-agent Ryan Harris. Franklin is mean and nasty. John Elway wants four starters from this class and it appears he has three -- No. 2 pick Von Miller, Moore and Franklin. Denver next picks at No. 67.
The San Diego Chargers took Clemson’s Marcus Gilchrist at No. 50. He can play cornerback and safety and could be insurance if Eric Weddle leaves as a free agent. He can also return kicks, which is insurance if Darren Sproles leaves.
At No. 55, the Kansas City Chiefs took Florida State's Rodney Hudson who can play guard and center. He could easily be the center of the future. I love the pick.
San Diego, which hasn’t made a trade yet, took Michigan’s linebacker Jonas Mouton. He should be able help a weak special teams right away.