AFC West: Pat Devlin

San Diego receiver Vincent Jackson has been in the news for a year since his 2010 holdout began. But it seems, for now, the Jackson headlines will slow down.

The San Diego Union-Tribune is reporting Jackson is expected to sign his franchise tender almost as soon as he can on Friday. Jackson has been expected to sign, although he reportedly tried to wiggle out of it last week.

This is a big year for Jackson. He has to have a big year to finally get the big-money contract he has desired, whether it’s from San Diego or another team. By signing his tender immediately, it shows Jackson is ready to begin the quest.

In other wild Tuesday updates:

None of the AFC West teams have announced their full undrafted free-agent classes. But it appears San Diego has added Wisconsin quarterback Scott Tolzien. He has a chance to stick as practice squad player. The Chargers want to re-sign free agent Billy Volek as their backup. If he signs elsewhere, San Diego will be in the market for a veteran backup for Philip Rivers.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting Dallas is cutting Marion Barber. Denver could show interest.

Schefter reported Oakland was interested in Delaware quarterback Pat Devlin before he signed with Miami as an undrafted free agent. He would have been a nice get for the Raiders, who want to develop a young quarterback.

Scouts Inc. looks at it all

April, 28, 2011
Scouts Inc. has released its complete seven-round mock draft in an Insider piece. Let’s check it out:


Round pick Player Pos. School

1 2 Von Miller LB Texas A&M

2 36 Justin Houston DE Georgia

2 46 Kyle Rudolph TE Notre Dame

3 67 Jaiquawn Jarrett S Temple

6 186 Derrick Locke RB Kentucky

6 189 Cortez Allen CB Citadel

7 247 Pat Devlin QB Delaware

My take: It’s a strong class of players in the first four picks. Devlin is an interesting project.

San Diego

Round pick Player Pos. School

1 18 Muhammad Wilkerson DL Temple

2 50 Martez Wilson LB Illinois

2 61 Kelvin Sheppard LB LSU

3 82 Greg Salas WR Hawaii

3 89 Kendrick Ellis DT Hampton

6 183 Pierre Allen DE Nebraska

6 201 Anthony Gaitor CB Florida Int.

7 234 Joe Torchia WR Virginia

My take: The first five picks are very strong. The Chargers would instantly get better on defense and Salas is an intriguing receiver.

Kansas City

Round pick Player Pos. School

1 21 Nate Solder OT Colorado

2 55 Titus Young WR Boise State

3 86 Akeem Dent LB Georgia

4 118 Chris Carter LB Fresno State

5 135 Andrew Jackson OG Fresno State

5 140 Ian Williams DT Notre Dame

6 199 Julius Thomas TE Portland State

7 223 Shaun Chapas FB Georgia

My take: Young, Dent and Cart are all interesting value picks at their respective spots.


Round pick Player Pos. School

2 48 Johnny Patrick CB Louisville

3 81 Joseph Lefeged S Rutgers

4 113 David Arkin OG Missouri State

5 148 Jordan Cameron LB USC

6 181 Aldrick Robinson WR SMU

7 219 Nathan Enderle QB Idaho

7 241 Michael Smith OT Nebraska

My take: The focus on DBs and the offensive line early is smart. Enderle would be a terrific choice in the last round.

Chiefs mock draft

April, 28, 2011
This is the third in a division mock draft series running Thursday:

The Chiefs would be thrilled to get the talented Hankerson and give him a chance to start right away. Reid and Ellis are players with big upsides. Devlin is the type of smart, strong quarterback Kansas City coach Todd Haley likes and would be a good developmental player behind starter Matt Cassel.