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Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Kiper Jr. foresees big AFC West draft trades

By Bill Williamson

Mel Kiper Jr. is getting busy playing general manager and making trades (two involving AFC West teams) in a new three-round mock draft in an Insider piece Insider. Let’s take a look:


Rd. 1 (28) CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida St.

Rd. 2 (58) DE Damontre Moore, Texas A&M

Rd. 3 (90) OL Barrett Jones, Alabama

My thoughts: The Broncos would be getting terrific value at all three spots. This is both good short-term and long-term value. Moore would be a steal at No. 58.

Kansas City

Rd. 1 (5) OT Eric Fisher, Central Michigan (via Detroit)

Rd. 3 (63) S J.J. Wilcox, Georgia Southern

Rd. 3 (96) QB Mike Glennon, North Carolina St.

My thoughts: This would be a banner first three rounds for the Chiefs. Kiper has them sending the No.1 overall pick to Detroit for the No. 5 pick and the Lions’ top pick next year. The Chiefs would get Fisher, a player who they could take at No. 1, and get more ammunition for next year’s draft. Plus, taking a flier on Glennon with a compensatory pick makes sense.


Rd. 1 (3) DE Sharrif Floyd, Florida

Rd. 3 (66) DT Johnathan Hankins, Ohio St.

My thoughts: The Raiders would like to acquire more picks. But if this is the bounty, I really like where the defensive line is heading. I love Floyd, and Hankins would be a nice get at No. 66.

San Diego

Rd. 1 (6) OT Lane Johnson, Oklahoma (via Cleveland)

Rd. 2 (45) LB Arthur Brown, Kansas St.

Rd. 3 (76) (Traded to Cleveland)

My thoughts: This would be a productive draft for the Chargers. It is looking more and more likely that Johnson will not get past Arizona at No. 7. The Chargers badly need a left tackle. I’d hate to see the Chargers give up two picks, (Kiper has them sending a third-round pick and an unidentified pick) but Johnson would fill a huge need. Brown is a hot name and he’d be a solid get at No. 45.