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NFL DRAFT TEAM PREVIEW: AFC West

Every team has needs, a draft board and a plan of attack when it comes to the NFL Draft. As we get closer to the draft, I will take a look at each team needs and who they could be targeting. Up next, the AFC West.

Denver Broncos

Key Additions: QB Joe Flacco, OT Ja’Wuan James, CB Bryce Callahan, CB Kareem Jackson, CB De’Vante Bausby

Key Subtractions: QB Case Keenum, OC Matt Paradis, OL Billy Turner, DL Domata Peko, OLB Shaquil Barrett, OLB Shane Ray, CB Bradley Roby, CB Tremaine Brock, CB Jamar Taylor, S Darian Stewart

Remaining Team Needs: WR, TE, OG, NT

Needs for Depth: QB, WR, NT, OLB, S

Potential Draft Haul:

  • Round 1, Pick 10: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri- Strong armed, athletic developmental quarterback that John Elway normally falls in love with.
  • Round 2, Pick 41: Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson- Big, strong defensive line who fits perfectly as a nose tackle in Vic Fangio’s defense.
  • Round 3, Pick 71: Terry McLaurin, WR, Ohio St.- Quick receiver who gets open consistently to add to a position of need.
  • Round 4, Pick 125: Sione Takitaki, LB, BYU- Quick, smart linebacker who adds depth in the middle of the defense.
  • Round 5, Pick 148: Beau Benzschawel, OG, Wisconsin- Powerful guard who will compete for a starting job or at least provide good depth.
  • Round 5, Pick 156: Corey Ballentine, CB, Washburn- Long, athletic cornerback to add depth and youth to the position group.
  • Round 6, Pick 182: Marvell Tell, S, USC- Physical safety who can provide depth and help on Special Teams.
  • Round 7, Pick 237: CJ Conrad, TE, Kentucky- Solid all-around tight end with medical questions.

Summary: It’s no secret that John Elway has struggled to fill the position that he played at such a high level throughout his career. He found another short term option by trading for Joe Flacco, but could look to add a developmental long term solution early in the draft. Other than that, Elway could look to add more explosive options at wide receiver and tight end. Continuing to upgrade the offensive line, specifically at guard, will also be a priority. On defense, the Broncos should look to fill needs at nose tackle before looking for depth at outside linebacker and safety.

Kansas City Chiefs

Key Additions: RB Carlos Hyde, TE Blake Bell, DE Alex Okafor, DE Emmanuel Ogbah, LB Damien Wilson, LB Jeremiah Attaochu, CB Harold Jones-Quartey, CB Keith Reaser, S Tyrann Mathieu

Key Subtractions: WR Chris Conley, OC Mitch Morse, DE Dee Ford, DE Justin Houston, CB Steven Nelson, S Eric Berry, S Eric Murray

Remaining Team Needs: RB, DE, OLB, CB

Needs for Depth: TE, OL, LB, CB

Potential Draft Haul:

  • Round 1, Pick 29: DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia- Productive college cornerback who can step in as a starter immediately.
  • Round 2, Pick 61: Jachai Polite, EDGE, Florida- Pass rush specialist with good first step quickness on tape.
  • Round 2, Pick 63: Sean Bunting, CB, Central Michigan- Long, athletic cornerback to complement Baker and continue an overhaul of position.
  • Round 3, Pick 92: Bobby Okereke, LB, Stanford- Athletic linebacker who is at his best in coverage.
  • Round 5, Pick 167: Rodney Anderson, RB, Oklahoma- Once thought of as the most talented running back in this draft class, but will drop because of his injury history.
  • Round 6, Pick 201: Cortez Broughton, DT, Cincinnati- Explosive defensive tackle who perfectly fits Steve Spagnuolo’s defense.
  • Round 6, Pick 214: Isaiah Prince, OL, Ohio St.- Solid player who can provide depth at any position along the offensive line except for center.
  • Round 7, Pick 216: Jalen Hurd, WR, Baylor- Tall, athletic receiver with off-field issues, but worth a shot just on potential late in draft.

Summary: As long as Patrick Mahomes is the quarterback in Kansas City, the Chiefs will likely be contenders to some degree. His presence is also part of the reason why this will be a very defense-centric draft for the Chiefs. They will focus on completely overhauling the depleted defensive end and underwhelming cornerback positions. Finding contributors and depth will also be key for the defense. On offense, they will likely add a running back at some point in the draft. Adding depth at tight end, wide receiver, and along the offensive line will also be an option later in the draft.

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