Monday, April 29, 2013
The most interesting draft picks
By Bill Williamson
I asked ESPN’s Matt Williamson to give me one draft pick per team in the AFC West that most interests him, regardless of round. He had plenty to say:
Denver: This was a solid effort for the Broncos, clearly the top team in the AFC West. The pick I am most excited to see in action at this level is Quanterus Smith. A small-school prospect, Smith’s leap to the NFL could be more drastic than many of his rookie counterparts, but Smith isn’t expected to secure a starting role right off the bat. Instead, expect the Broncos to use him as a key special teamer and a sub package edge pass-rusher opposite Von Miller. With Robert Ayers and Derek Wolfe manning the defensive tackle positions, Smith should compete with newly signed Shaun Phillips for the pass-rushing spot opposite Miller.
Kansas City: I really am high on Travis Kelce, but the most interesting Chiefs’ pick to me is Knile Davis, who frankly scares me to death. Kansas City needed a bigger back to lessen the strain on Jamaal Charles, and Davis does have size. In fact, he has the best size/speed combination of any running back in this draft -- although he doesn’t play quite as fast as his blazing 40 time. But Davis isn’t real shifty, has massive injury concerns and displays some of the very worst ball security I have ever seen from a draftable running back.
Oakland: Overall, I think the Raiders did quite well with this draft. They got value and long-term projects that could pan out down the line -- and we all know that Oakland is not winning the Super Bowl in 2013. The most interesting pick has to be Tyler Wilson, whose stock fell from the t2011 season to being the 112th pick overall for Oakland. This guy is tough and has starting quarterback tools. Might Matt Flynn be, once again, replaced as the starter by a player with the last name of Wilson?
San Diego: Manti Te'o is certainly an interesting young man and prospect, but Keenan Allen is my choice here for the Chargers. It wasn’t long ago that many considered Allen the best wide receiver prospect in this draft. He has great size, physicality and run-after-the-catch prowess. But few top prospects had as poor of an overall pre-draft process as Allen. But just wait for this guy to finally get healthy.