Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Breaking down Kiper's mock draft
By Bill Williamson
ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper is offering his first mock draft in an Insider piece. Let’s check out his first-round picks for the AFC West teams:
11. Kansas City: Penn State defensive tackle Devon Still
My take: I wouldn’t have a huge problem with the Chiefs’ starting the Romeo Crennel head-coaching era with a dominant man up front. This defense is one or two players from being dominant. I’m just not convinced Still is going to be a game changer. I think the Chiefs would be tempted to take Stanford tackle Jonathan Martin at this spot. That’s a need area.
18. San Diego: Cordy Glenn, OG, Georgia
My take: The offensive line may be an area of immediate need if guard Kris Dielman, tackle Marcus McNeill and center Nick Hardwick don’t come back. So, this selection makes sense. But there is also a chance the offensive line question will be answered by the draft. If so, the Chargers would look for defense help early.
25. Denver: Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State
My take: I could see this happening. I think Cox will be a player Denver looks at and the way Kiper’s first round falls, this pick makes sense. Denver has long been looking for help in the middle of the defensive line and this pick would further build an improving unit.
Oakland traded its first-round pick (No. 17) to Cincinnati as part of the trade for quarterback Carson Palmer.