Thursday, March 21, 2013
AFC West mock draft: Take IV
By Bill Williamson
With the first phase of free agency over, here is my fourth mock draft for AFC West teams' first-round picks. We will periodically update as we move closer to the April draft.
1. Kansas City Chiefs: OT Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M. It still looks like Joeckel is going to be the pick, even if he has to play right tackle for the time being. I wouldn’t be shocked if the Chiefs seriously consider Utah defensive lineman Star Lotulelei now that he is healthy. But for now, we’re sticking with Joeckel.
Previous pick: Joeckel
3. Oakland Raiders: DT Sharrif Floyd, Florida. Yes, Oakland has signed two defensive tackles in Pat Sims and Vance Walker. But they combined for 10 starts last season. There is room for Floyd. I am tempted to go with Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner because of the lack of cornerbacks in Oakland, but we’re sticking with Floyd for the moment. He is a more highly rated player.
Previous pick: Floyd
11. San Diego Chargers: OT Lane Johnson, Oklahoma. At this point, the Chargers better hope Johnson is still on the board. He should be, but there aren’t many other great left tackle options for this team and for Philip Rivers’ blind side.
Previous pick: Johnson.
28. Denver Broncos: RB Eddie Lacy, Alabama. The Broncos don’t have many holes and they were productive in free agency. Adding a player like Lacy would add another dimension to a strong offense.
Previous pick: LB Manti Te’o, Notre Dame.