- Bill Williamson, ESPN Staff Writer
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The real thing is almost here. In the meantime, ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper offers his final first-round mock draft in an Insider piece. Here are his AFC West thoughts:
1. Kansas City: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
My take: Joeckel has long been considered the safe pick. There has been some late media chatter that Central Michigan left tackle Eric Fisher will be the choice, but Kiper sticks with Joeckel.
3. Oakland: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
My take: The Raiders want to deal this pick and they could get some takers. If they stay in the top 10, they might be able to get Floyd and some badly needed picks.
11. San Diego: D.J. Fluker, G, Alabama
My take: This would be a surprise. Kiper has Fluker going before Alabama teammate Chance Warmack, widely considered the better prospect.
28. Denver: Tank Carradine, DE, Florida State
My take: This would be a great long-term deal. Carradine is explosive but is recovering from a major knee injury. He is reportedly coming along well, however.