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Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Mel Kiper's mock goes three deep

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Mel Kiper Jr. takes a difficult tact on his latest mock draft Insider. He assigns players for each round based on the fits he thinks best works and not his usual formula of assigning picks.

Let’s take a look at his choices for the AFC West:

Denver

Rd 1 (25) DT Derek Wolfe

Rd 2 (57) RB LaMichael James

Rd 3 (87) WR T.Y. Hilton

My take: The Wolfe choice is interesting. The Cincinnati product is one of Kiper’s favorite sleepers. He is a productive player. Still, I think Denver could trade down some slots and get him. The James and Hilton choices would add explosion to Peyton Manning’s offense.

Kansas City

Rd 1 (11) DT Dontari Poe

Rd 2 (44) G Amini Silatolu

Rd 3 (74) NT Alameda Ta'amu

My take: Kiper has some beef going to Kansas City. Poe and Ta'amu would be great pieces for Romeo Crennel to play with and Silatolu would bring more youth to the offensive line. It’s an interesting group.

Oakland

Rd 3 (95) OLB Bruce Irvin

My take: The Raiders are in a tough spot. They are challenged to find a player who can make an early impact from the No. 95 spot. The pass-rushing Irvin is probably as safe as any pick this deep in the draft.

San Diego

Rd 1 (18) OLB Chandler Jones

Rd 2 (49) S Brandon Taylor

Rd 3 (78) RB Isaiah Pead

My take: This is probably my favorite grouping of this exercise. I think all three players would address needs and help immediately. This trio would offer big value.