AFC West: Tyron Smith

Evening AFC West notes

March, 30, 2011
There wasn’t a major AFC West presence at the pro day workout of Washington quarterback Jake Locker, according to NFC West blogger Mike Sando.

Sando mentions that San Diego’s Randy Mueller was there. I wouldn’t read much into that. Mueller is based in the Pacific Northwest and there were other prospects there.

While Sando didn’t see any of the Denver brass there, the Broncos are expected to get a closer look at Locker in a private workout later this week. Denver is looking at several quarterbacks prior to the draft, even though it is expected to concentrate on defense.

Sando reports that Locker performed well at his pro day. He may have cemented himself as a first-round pick.
  • The Football Outsiders look at the aggression rate of NFL coaches. Not surprisingly, Kansas City’s Todd Haley was near the top of the list. Haley has earned a reputation for being one of the most aggressive coaches in the league.
  • The Kansas City Star reasons that Chad Ochocinco’s soccer stay in Kansas City doesn't mean he will play football in Kansas City. I agree. I don’t see the pairing.
The player Mel Kiper believes will end up being the San Diego Chargers’ first-round pick has reportedly withdrawn from the combine. reports that USC tackle Tyron Smith has dropped out of the combine suddenly Saturday with a lingering knee issue. He is going to save himself for his pro day workout in late March. He reportedly was injured eight weeks ago.

In Kiper’s latest mock draft, he penciled Smith in for San Diego at No. 18.

If Smith is the Chargers’ top target, this could change things some. The fact that Smith is going to work out before the draft still allows him to salvage his draft status. But this is a deep tackle group, and the Chargers could look at other tackle prospects Anthony Castonzo of Boston College, Nate Solder of Colorado and Gabe Carimi of Wisconsin.

San Diego will also look at several other positions in the first round, including linebacker, defensive end and receiver.
Mel Kiper just presented his latest mock NFL draft. Insider

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

No. 2, Denver

Da’Quan Bowers , DE, Clemson

My thoughts: Kiper has Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley going to Carolina at No. 1. The Broncos would be happy with Fairley, Bowers or LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson. I’ve been hearing Denver is excited about Bowers. He has been compared to Julius Peppers, who played for new Denver coach John Fox in Carolina.

No. 18, San Diego

Tyron Smith, tackle, USC

My thoughts: I’d be surprised if the Chargers really wanted to take a tackle in this spot. On Kiper’s board, some top pass-rushing talent leaves the board right before San Diego picks. So, in that scenario, Smith could be an interesting choice.

No. 21, Kansas City

Akeem Ayers, linebacker, UCLA

My thoughts: Todd McShay made this same pick last week. Ayers is a top pass-rusher and could be a terrific complement to Tamba Hali.

Oakland traded the No. 17 pick to New England for defensive lineman Richard Seymour in 2009.