AFC West: 2014 Mel Kiper mock 3.0 preview

Kiper's Mock 3.0: Broncos

March, 13, 2014
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With plenty of question marks on the defensive depth chart, ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. has had a decidedly defensive look for the Denver Broncos as he went through his first two mock drafts this year.

In the first, done in mid-January, Kiper had the Broncos using the No. 31 pick on Oregon State defensive end Scott Crichton, a high-effort, 4-3 edge player. The 6-foot-2, 273-pound Crichton came out as a junior after a 7.5-sack season in 2013 with 19 tackles for loss.

Crichton did have shoulder surgery following the 2012 season.

In his February mock, Kiper kept the Broncos on the defensive side of the ball with Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby. Roby, at 5-11, 194 pounds, ran a 4.39 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine and is one of the best pure athletes at the position on the board.

Roby, despite some concerns about his effort at times, is gaining momentum, especially after the athleticism he showed at the Buckeyes’ pro day last week.

As for his Mock Draft 3.0 Insider, Kiper has again pointed the Broncos toward a position of need on defense. Take a look for yourself and see what you think.

Kiper's Mock 3.0: Raiders

March, 13, 2014
Mar 13
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In his first two mock drafts, ESPN’s Mel Kiper selected a playmaker for the Oakland Raiders, sending Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins to the East Bay both times with the No. 5 overall selection.

The pick echoed what Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said in January, that he wanted, well, a playmaker. Now, in the wake of the Rodger Saffold fiasco -- in which the offensive lineman failed a physical by Raiders standards after agreeing to a five-year, $42.5 million contract, with $21 million guaranteed, but was healthy enough to go back to the St. Louis Rams -- have needs changed?

Is an offensive lineman more of a priority in the draft, or maybe even a quarterback. Or is Watkins still Kiper’s guy? Stay tuned ...

Kiper's Mock 3.0: Chiefs

March, 13, 2014
Mar 13
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ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr.'s latest mock draft, Insider his third, is out to those with ESPN Insider access. In his first mock draft of the year, he had the Kansas City Chiefs selecting Notre Dame defensive end Stephon Tuitt. He switched his pick for the Chiefs for his second mock to Florida State wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin.

From a positional standpoint, either selection makes sense for the Chiefs with their first-round pick, which is 23rd overall. The Chiefs could use another big body for their defensive line after losing starting end Tyson Jackson through free agency to the Atlanta Falcons. The Chiefs also got little production from their wide receivers last season and need to think about eventually replacing Dwayne Bowe as their top pass-catcher.

I'll have some reaction to Kiper's latest pick soon.

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