Thursday, May 3, 2012
Muench breaks down AFC West draft
By Bill Williamson
I caught up to Steve Muench of Scouts Inc. to get one thought that jumps out to him about each AFC West team’s draft last week.
Let’s take a look:
The drafting of Arizona State quarterback Brock Osweiler in the second round: “I like Osweiler. But it is a risky pick since the Broncos just signed a young backup in Caleb Hanie. There are other needs to address in the second round. But I get why Denver likes Osweiler and I think he can develop into a starter. He has a lot of tools and a great upside. He moves much better than people think. He has a funky release and he has to become a better decision maker, but there is a lot to like about him.”
The drafting of Fresno State receiver Devon Wylie in the fourth round: “I think Wylie can make an impact right away. To put him between their two big receivers (Dwayne Bowe and Jon Baldwin) and he can be very dangerous. He’s explosive and he knows how to get open. I think he can catch 40 passes and average 15-20 yards per catch.”
The drafting of Utah offensive lineman Tony Bergstrom and San Diego State linebacker Miles Burris in the third and fourth rounds: “(Oakland general manager) Reggie McKenzie didn’t have a lot to work with, but he did some good things. Bergstrom is a guard or a tackle who will be a starter some day. He is a solid player. Burris is a guy I like. He is a heat-seeking missile, who creates a lot of explosion when he hits people.”
The drafting of Michigan State running back Edwin Baker in the seventh round: "It was huge for San Diego to get Baker in the seventh round. I thought he’d be a fourth-rounder who could sneak in the end of the third round. He is an effective, hard-nosed Big Ten running back who lacks an ideal frame. He can be effective. It’s incredible he lasted until the seventh round."