NFL Nation: Sharriff Floyd

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay has offered another mock draft Insider in an Insider piece. Let’s take a look at his choices for the AFC West teams:

1. Kansas City: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M.

My take: At this point, it would be a surprise if this pick is not Joeckel.

3. Oakland: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

My take: I still think Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd may be the leading candidate, but an argument over Milliner could easily be made.

11. San Diego: Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama

My take: With all the top left tackles taken, I’d have no problem seeing the Chargers add Warmack. He’d fill a hole for 12 years.

28. Denver: Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State

My take: He can play and he will help long-term, but I think a pass-rusher could add more of an immediate impact.
It’s unfinished business day in the AFC West.

Hours after the San Diego Chargers finally booted left tackle Jared Gaither, the Oakland Raiders said so long to defensive tackle Tommy Kelly. Both were long expected to be cut.

Kelly, 32, saw his play decline last season. He had been on the team since 2003 when he was signed as an undrafted free agent. His release reportedly saves $4.775 million under the salary cap this year. Yet, he will still account for more than $6.3 million against the cap in dead money. Kelly signed a seven-year, $50.5 million deal in 2008.

He was a solid player during his best days. He was massive and tough. But he was never a unit-changing player.

There was little chance Kelly fit with the new approach of the team. The Raiders are getting younger and cheaper throughout the roster. Several veterans are not being brought back. As the Contra Costa Times pointed out, Oakland has just seven players on the roster -- including quarterback Carson Palmer, who could be released -- who have been in the league six years or more.

The team signed defensive tackles Pat Sims and Vance Walker. They could also draft Florida’s Sharrif Floyd with the No. 3 pick.

Some folks expect Kelly to get receive interest around the league. While anything can happen, I don’t see any fits in the AFC West that immediately jump out.
The Kansas City Chiefs' college tour has hit Gainesville, Fla., as ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the team’s brass is working out Florida defensive lineman Sharrif Floyd on Monday.

The Chiefs have the No. 1 overall pick in April's NFL draft and are doing their due dilligence. They are expected to work out up to 10 of the top prospects.

The most likely scenarios are for Kansas City to either draft Texas A&M left tackle Luke Joeckel or look to trade the pick to the highest bidder. But Floyd has been a workout monster this offseason, and the Chiefs could be tempted to take him. Floyd has been listed as a favorite to land in Oakland with the No. 3 pick if he's still available.

In other AFC West news:

Tight end Kellen Winslow said the Oakland Raiders are among the teams that have expressed interest in him. He has been connected to the Raiders for about a week. The Raiders don’t have a proven in-house replacement for Brandon Myers, who signed with the Giants. Winslow played just one game last season because of a knee injury.

Former Oakland receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey is visiting the Colts, and former Oakland safety Michael Huff is visiting his hometown Cowboys. Both players were cut recently.
ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay has offered another mock draftInsider in an Insider piece. Let’s take a look at his choices for the AFC West teams:

1. Kansas City: Star Lotulelei, DE, Utah

My take: If Lotulelei’s heart issues are cleared, I love this pick. I’ve long had Lotulelei tabbed here before his medical issue at the combine. I love the fit and I think he’s the best prospect for the Chiefs if he is healthy.

3. Oakland: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida

My take: He was the choice for me in my latest mock draft. He’d fill a need and he is a fast riser. I think it makes perfect sense.

11. San Diego: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

My take: Johnson was my choice here in my last two mock drafts. He has been a draft-season star and he’d fill the Chargers’ greatest need. It fits.

28. Denver: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

My take: I still think Notre Dame middle linebacker Manti Te’o could be in play, but I have no problem with the Rhodes choice. He is a value player at a position Denver can use help. In fact, I had Rhodes at this spot before the Te’o hunch.

Critical day for top NFL prospects

February, 24, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS -- I’m not sure if Geno Smith put himself in the conversation to be the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, but the West Virginia quarterback had a good day Sunday at the NFL combine.

Smith, widely considered the best quarterback prospect in the draft, had the fastest 40-yard dash time of all quarterbacks Sunday. He ran a 4.56. Smith is considered more of a pocket passer than a running quarterback, making the time that much more impressive. He has said he only runs to enhance his game, not to fuel it. But the fact that he can move well means it will open up playbooks.

The Kansas City Chiefs have the No. 1 pick and badly need a quarterback. Smith’s speed will certainly be part of the discussion in Kansas City.

However, another candidate to be the No.1 pick has a medical issue. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen is reporting that Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei will not work out at the combine because a medical exam at the combine discovered that he has a heart issue. Mortensen reported Lotulelei’s left ventricle is pumping at 44 percent efficiency, below the normal range of 55 percent to 70 percent. He will undergo more tests in Utah and he plans to work out next month.

This issue clearly could affect Lotulelei’s draft stats. He is a legitimate option for both Kansas City at No.1 and Oakland at No. 3. Oakland could instead look at Florida defensive tackle Sharriff Floyd at No. 3.

Meanwhile, Smith’s strong day will also interest Oakland. If Smith gets past Kansas City and is highly rated, there could be a chance to trade down from the No. 3 pick. Oakland would love to acquire more picks.

In other combine developments Sunday that affect the AFC West:

Texas A&M defensive end Damontre Moore did just 12 repetitions in the 225-pound bench press. That is a weak total for a defensive end. He has been often connected to Oakland.

Tennessee receiver Cordarrelle Patterson had a great day overall Sunday. He is considered the top receiver prospect. He is a dark horse possibility for San Diego at No. 11.