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Thursday, February 2, 2012
McShay mock draft: Denver bombshell

By Bill Williamson

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay offers his second mock draft in an Insider piece Insider.

Let’s take a look at McShay’s thoughts on where the AFC West teams may be headed:

*12. Kansas City: Boston College ILB Luke Kuechly

My take: Kuechly is a productive player who could be a great fit and who could be a key piece to a young defense. I think the Chiefs need help on the offensive line, but this choice would be intriguing.

18. San Diego: Jonathan Martin, Stanford tackle

My take: He would be a great value pick for San Diego. If Martin is on the board at No. 18, I think the Chargers should jump on him, especially if there are no high quality pass-rushers available.

25. Denver: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M

My take: This is the shocker. If Denver uses its first pick on Tannehill, that means it will be turning to him soon. A team like this wouldn’t take a backup at this spot. It would mean Denver doesn’t believe in Tebow. The Broncos have other pressing needs. This choice would rock the draft.

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 later this month to determine the draft order.