AFC West: 2014 Mel Kiper mock 3.0

Analyzing Kiper 3.0: Chiefs

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Mel Kiper Jr. has wide receiver Marqise Lee of USC going to the Kansas City Chiefs in the first round of his latest mock draft. Insider ESPN Insider access is required.

Lee played three seasons at USC and, after posting big numbers his first two years, dropped off to 57 catches for 791 yards and four touchdowns in 2013. He's not necessarily the speed receiver the Chiefs need, but he could still have a long, successful career in the NFL as a No. 1 receiver for some team.

The Chiefs need to strongly consider a receiver with their first-round pick. They are thin at the position, and their top receiver, Dwayne Bowe, will be 30 in September. They need to think about replacing him for the long term.

LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. might make more sense for the Chiefs than Lee because of his kick-return ability. But Kiper has Beckham going to the New York Jets, who pick five spots ahead of the Chiefs.

Analyzing Kiper 3.0: Raiders

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Apparently, the Rodger Saffold fiasco and the Oakland Raiders losing out on an offensive lineman had no bearing on Mel Kiper’s Mock Draft 3.0.

No, he did not stay with his pick for the Raiders at No. 5 overall -- he went with Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins both times before.

The way Kiper sees things shaking out , Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will fall to Oakland, and the Raiders will scoop him up. Makes sense in the way that Oakland needs a franchise quarterback and, as many observers note, Bridgewater is the closest thing to an NFL-ready QB in this draft.

But are the Raiders ready to hand over the keys to the franchise to a rookie? Depends upon what else they do in free agency.

Analyzing Kiper 3.0: Broncos

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Make it three-for-three for the Denver Broncos.

In three mock drafts so far, ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. has had the Broncos looking for help on defense. In the first, in January, it was Oregon State defensive end Scott Crichton and in the second, in February, it was Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby.

But with the Broncos having signed cornerback Aqib Talib and defensive end DeMarcus Ware in free agency this week, Kiper now predicted they'll address the linebacker position with Wisconsin's Chris Borland in his latest look at how the draft's first round Insider could shake out.

Borland's workout numbers don't measure up to some of the other prospects at the position -- he ran a 4.83 40-yard dash, for example, but the 5-foot-11½, 248-pound inside linebacker is all football player. His instincts are top-shelf and you can see him, play-after-play, knocking blockers off balance on his way to the ball carrier.

He has also shown the ability to drop into coverage as well at times and covers plenty of ground when he has to with good play speed.

Borland does have some injury history having missed two games in 2012 with a hamstring issue and was awarded a medical hardship in 2010 when he missed all but two games because of a left shoulder injury.

But he is a quality leader and his coaches have routinely praised his work ethic to scouts.
In his latest mock draft , ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. has the San Diego Chargers selecting Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby with the No. 25 overall pick.

Roby no doubt fills a need for the Chargers, who have just one cornerback (Shareece Wright) with NFL regular-season starting experience currently on the roster. Kiper had Roby pegged for the Chargers in his first mock draft. After a so-so performance by Florida cornerback Marcus Roberson at the NFL scouting combine, Roby moves back to No. 25 for San Diego.

Kiper had Roberson going to the Chargers in his second mock draft, but the Florida product fell out of the first round in Kiper's latest mock draft.

At 5-foot-11 and 192 pounds, Roby is athletic, running a 4.39-second 40-yard dash and posting a 38.5-inch vertical jump. Roby also is versatile, with the ability to play on the perimeter or match up inside against slot receivers. Chargers defensive coordinator John Pagano likes players who can move around the field and play different positions.

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