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Monday, April 30, 2012
Where they stand

By Bill Williamson

Last week, we looked at some players from each team who could be affected by the draft. Let’s review now that the draft is over:

Denver, running back Willis McGahee

Why: He needs a backup.

Result: Denver drafted running back Ronnie Hillman at No. 67 and traded up 20 spots to get him. He is more of a change-of-pace guy and not a classic pounder. But Hillman will get his share of carries and help take pressure off of McGahee.

Kansas City quarterback Matt Cassel

Why: He faced competition.

Result: Kansas City looked at several top quarterbacks, but they didn’t draft one. The same goes in free agency. Instead of replacing Cassel, Kansas City made a statement by building the roster around him. It is clear the Chiefs believe in Cassel.

Oakland, tight end David Ausberry

Why: He faced competition.

Result: The Raiders did not draft a tight end. They are thin at tight end and they could bring in a veteran. But Ausberry, a late-round pick last year, should get his chance to play.

San Diego, running back Ryan Mathews

Why: He needs a backup.

Result: The Chargers drafted the intriguing Edwin Baker in the seventh round. Baker slipped down the draft and he has potential. But I’m not sure he is ready to be a top backup. San Diego still might bring in a veteran.