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Tuesday, January 31, 2012
AFC West mock draft

By Bill Williamson

With the Senior Bowl complete, we are going to do our first mock draft of the offseason. We will do this periodically after major events such as the combine, key free-agent signings and pro day workouts:

*11. Kansas City, OT, Jonathan Martin, Stanford: The Kansas City Chiefs have considered taking a tackle for the past couple of drafts. Martin would be a terrific choice for them and he should be available.

18. San Diego, LB, Courtney Upshaw, Alabama: The San Diego Chargers must hope Upshaw is available. Pass-rushers are at a premium in this draft and Upshaw is a rising stock. The Chargers may have to trade up to get him.

25. Denver, DT Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State: The Denver Broncos' defense is still a work in progress and taking Cox would be another step in the right direction.

The Oakland Raiders do not have a first-round pick because it traded it (No. 17) to the Cincinnati Bengals in a package for quarterback Carson Palmer.

*Kansas City will have either the No. 11 or No. 12 pick. It will have a coin flip with Seattle next month to determine the draft order.