AFC West: Bobby Carpenter

Denarius Moore makes good strides

September, 6, 2012
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Unless there is a setback, Oakland receiver Denarius Moore should be back on the field Monday when the Raiders host San Diego.

It is significant that Moore, who has missed about a month with a hamstring injury, practiced Thursday. Not a sign that he is completely healed, but he is on his way. If the Raiders didn’t think he could play Monday night, Moore likely wouldn’t be practicing. He was limited in practice, according to the official injury update.

Thus, unless something drastically turns, No. 3 Oakland receiver Jacoby Ford may have a difficult time playing Monday. He remained out of practice Thursday with a foot injury.

Meanwhile, San Diego running back Ryan Mathews is likely not going to play Monday night as he returns from a broken clavicle. He was limited in practice Thursday, according to the official injury update. The more likely target date for Mathews is Week 2 against Tennessee.

In other AFC West news:

Oakland quarterback Carson Palmer has high praise for his running back Darren McFadden. Now, McFadden has to stay healthy for the entire season and back up his quarterback’s words.

Because of depth issues, the Chiefs worked out linebackers Bobby Carpenter and Bryan Kehl this week.

U-T San Diego has the Chargers’ 2012 captain.

Draft Watch: AFC West

April, 7, 2011
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NFC Draft Watch: East | West | North | South AFC: East | West | North | South

Each Thursday leading up to the NFL draft (April 28-30), the ESPN.com NFL blog network will take a division-by-division look at key aspects of the draft. Today’s topic: history in that spot.

Denver Broncos

The Broncos’ top pick is No. 2 overall. Here are the previous seven players taken in that spot, with their NFL team in parentheses:

2010: DT Ndamukong Suh (Lions)

2009: T Jason Smith (Rams)

2008: DE Chris Long (Rams)

2007: WR Calvin Johnson (Lions)

2006: RB Reggie Bush (Saints)

2005: RB Ronnie Brown (Dolphins)

2004: OL Robert Gallery (Raiders)

ANALYSIS: This is the Broncos’ first top-five pick since 1991, when they took linebacker Mike Croel at No. 4. The Broncos would love to have the success Detroit had last year with the pick. Suh looks like a unit changer, and Denver needs a similarly dominant defender. Detroit is the only team to have great success at No. 2 in the past seven years. Along with Suh, Johnson is a fabulous player. There are some good players on this list, though, with no flat-out duds. The Rams hope to see progress in Smith and Long, who made strides in 2010.

San Diego Chargers

The Chargers’ top pick is No. 18 overall. Here are the previous seven players taken in that spot, with their NFL team in parentheses:

2010: C Maurkice Pouncey (Steelers)

2009: LB Robert Ayers (Broncos)

2008: QB Joe Flacco (Ravens)

2007: CB Leon Hall (Bengals)

2006: LB Bobby Carpenter (Cowboys)

2005: LB Erasmus James (Vikings)

2004: DE Will Smith (Saints)

ANALYSIS: This is an interesting group. It shows that teams can find franchise players at No. 18 but also that they can make a major mistake with the pick. Flacco was a tremendous value for Baltimore in 2008. Pouncey looks as if he’ll be at center in Pittsburgh for the next decade. Smith has also had a terrific career and was a solid pick at No. 18. James was a terrible pick; Carpenter wasn’t worth it; and the jury is still out on Ayers. The Chargers know they have to pick smart. They took linebacker Larry English at No. 16 in 2009 and are waiting for a payoff. It’s interesting that there are four defensive ends/linebackers on this list. That’s exactly the position the Chargers will be looking for with the No. 18 pick.

Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs’ top pick is No. 21 overall. Here are the previous seven players taken in that spot, with their NFL team in parentheses:

2010: TE Jermaine Gresham (Bengals)

2009: C Alex Mack (Browns)

2008: T Sam Baker (Falcons)

2007: S Reggie Nelson (Jaguars)

2006: RB Laurence Maroney (Patriots)

2005: WR Matt Jones (Jaguars)

2004: DT Vince Wilfork (Patriots)

ANALYSIS: The Chiefs are not used to drafting this low. Kansas City has picked in the top five the past three years. However, Kansas City general manager Scott Pioli is plenty familiar with having the No. 21 pick. He was with New England when it had the choice in 2004 and 2006. Pioli has seen teams score with this pick and seen teams whiff with it. Wilfork was a tremendous choice, but taking Maroney was a blunder. However, the pick has paid solid dividends in recent years. This doesn’t appear to be a bad spot to be in.

Oakland Raiders

The Raiders’ top pick is No. 48 overall. Here are the previous seven players taken in that spot, with their NFL team in parentheses:

2010: QB Jimmy Clausen (Panthers)

2009: S Darcel McBath (Broncos)

2008: TE Fred Davis (Redskins)

2007: LB Justin Durant (Jagaurs)

2006: DB Cedric Griffin (Vikings)

2005: LB Odell Thurman (Bengals)

2004: LB Dontarrious Thomas (Vikings)

ANALYSIS: It’s interesting that a quarterback was taken at this spot in 2010. Clausen was the third quarterback taken last year. If a quarterback such as Washington’s Jake Locker or Arkansas’ Ryan Mallett takes a similar tumble, we could see a quarterback taken at No. 48 again. This pick has been hit-or-miss, so it could be worth taking a gamble. Oakland picked at No. 47 two years ago and is still waiting for safety Mike Mitchell to develop. Last year, Oakland took defensive lineman Lamarr Houston at No. 44, and he had a terrific rookie season. In 2007, Oakland took standout tight end Zach Miller at No. 38. The Raiders know they can find talent in the second round.

Looking back at No. 18

April, 21, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Next up on the AFC West draft rewind is No. 18, which is held by Denver:

The No. 18 Pick Since 1999
Year Team Player Pos. School Comment
2008 Baltimore Joe Flacco QB Delaware Flacco had an excellent rookie season and looks like a keeper.
2007 Cincinnati Leon Hall CB Michigan Hall still has a chance to develop into a solid player.
2006 Dallas Bobby Carpenter LB Ohio State Carpenter has never broken out as the Cowboys had hoped.
2005 Minnesota Erasmus James DE Wisconsin James was an enormous bust.
2004 New Orleans Will Smith DE Ohio State Smith has been a very solid NFL player.
2003 Arizona Calvin Pace DE Wake Forest Pace has been a productive player.
2002 Atlanta T.J. Duckett RB Michigan State Duckett never became a standout runner.
2001 Detroit Jeff Backus OT Michigan He gave the Lions decent productivity.
2000 New York Jets Chad Pennington QB Marshall Pennington hasn't been fancy, but he has enjoyed a very solid NFL career.
1999 Oakland Matt Stinchcomb OT Georgia He was decent, not spectacular.

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