Monday, April 4, 2011
Source: Akeem Ayers lines up visits
By Bill Williamson
Perhaps UCLA linebacker Akeem Ayers will stay out west in the NFL.
Three AFC West teams are among the clubs seriously considering the pass-rusher. Ayers has visited the San Diego Chargers and will meet with the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs before this month's draft (April 28-30), according to a source close to UCLA.
Ayers is expected to be drafted in the second half of the first round. Ayers was a second-team All-American and a Butkus Award finalist. He had four sacks and 10 tackles for loss last season.
Ayers is a versatile player who can play in both 4-3 and 3-4 defenses. Denver is transitioning to a 4-3 and Kansas City and San Diego use 3-4 defenses.
Denver has the No. 2 and No. 36 picks in the draft, while San Diego has the No. 18 pick and Kansas City owns the No. 21 selection.
Bill Williamson covers the AFC West for ESPN.com.