AFC West: Amini Silatolu

Round 2: Chiefs and Chargers

April, 27, 2012
The Kansas City Chiefs and the San Diego Chargers both addressed their greatest needs in the first round of the NFL draft Thursday.

The Chiefs took Memphis nose tackle Dontari Poe at No. 11 and San Diego grabbed South Carolina pass-rusher Melvin Ingram at No. 18.

Let’s take a look at what direction both teams could go in Friday's second round as a result of their work in the first:

Kansas City, No. 44: The Chiefs are looking for the best players available, because they don’t have many glaring needs. I think could consider a quarterback such as Michigan State’s Kirk Cousins or even Arizona State’s Brock Osweiler. We could see them take a look at Midwestern State guard Amini Silatolu, Wisconsin guard/center Peter Konz or perhaps a receiver if a top talent like Georgia Tech’s Stephen Hill, LSU’s Rueben Randle or South Carolina’s Alshon Jeffery falls to them at that spot.

San Diego, No. 49: I think we can see the Chargers taking a running back such as Oregon’s LaMichael James or Miami’s Lamar Miller. Other possibilities include LSU safety Brandon Taylor and Mississippi offensive lineman Bobby Massie.
Mel Kiper Jr. takes a difficult tact on his latest mock draft Insider. He assigns players for each round based on the fits he thinks best works and not his usual formula of assigning picks.

Let’s take a look at his choices for the AFC West:


Rd 1 (25) DT Derek Wolfe

Rd 2 (57) RB LaMichael James

Rd 3 (87) WR T.Y. Hilton

My take: The Wolfe choice is interesting. The Cincinnati product is one of Kiper’s favorite sleepers. He is a productive player. Still, I think Denver could trade down some slots and get him. The James and Hilton choices would add explosion to Peyton Manning’s offense.

Kansas City

Rd 1 (11) DT Dontari Poe

Rd 2 (44) G Amini Silatolu

Rd 3 (74) NT Alameda Ta'amu

My take: Kiper has some beef going to Kansas City. Poe and Ta'amu would be great pieces for Romeo Crennel to play with and Silatolu would bring more youth to the offensive line. It’s an interesting group.


Rd 3 (95) OLB Bruce Irvin

My take: The Raiders are in a tough spot. They are challenged to find a player who can make an early impact from the No. 95 spot. The pass-rushing Irvin is probably as safe as any pick this deep in the draft.

San Diego

Rd 1 (18) OLB Chandler Jones

Rd 2 (49) S Brandon Taylor

Rd 3 (78) RB Isaiah Pead

My take: This is probably my favorite grouping of this exercise. I think all three players would address needs and help immediately. This trio would offer big value.