Draft Review: AFC West

Brock Osweiler will be Peyton Manning's successor in Denver.

The NFL Draft has come and gone. No more mock drafts, no more profiles, and no more hearsay and speculation. Naturally, that means it’s time to milk the draft until training camp, because the next three months of the offseason make us feel scared and cold. This week we’re going through the divisions and taking a look at how each team did after the first round. Up next, the AFC West.

Denver Broncos

2 – Derek Wolfe, DT, Cincinnati

2 – Brock Osweiler, QB, Arizona State

3 – Ronnie Hillman, RB, San Diego State

4 – Omar Bolden, CB, Arizona State

4 – Philip Blake, C, Baylor

5 – Malik Jackson, DE, Tennessee

6 – Danny Trevathan, OLB, Kentucky

Favorite Pick(s): Expectations in Denver are high after the Broncos sacrificed God’s direct relative for Peyton Manning. John Elway and company had to address the defensive tackle position early, and they did with the selection of Derek Wolfe in the second round. The Broncos also selected Manning’s successor, Brock Osweiler, in the second round. The Arizona State product’s lack of a consistent delivery could be troublesome, but he won’t be rushed in his position as the quarterback of the future behind Manning.

The Broncos got excellent value late in the draft. Oweiler’s teammate,  Omar Bolden is a fast cornerback who possesses above average return skills. He missed the entire 2011 season with a torn ACL.

Canadian Philip Blake hopes to follow Danny Watkins’ path, and he”ll provide depth behind third-year starter J.D Walton.

Kansas City Chiefs

2 – Jeff Allen, OG, Illinois

3 – Donald Stephenson, OT, Oklahoma

4 – Devon Wylie, WR, Fresno State

5 – DeQuan Menzie, DB, Alabama

6 – Cyrus Gray, RB, Texas A&M

7 – Jerome Long, DE, San Diego State

7 – Junior Hemingway, WR, Michigan

Favorite Pick(s): GLS contributor Alen Dumonjic profiled Chiefs first-round pick Dontari Poe a few days ago. The Chiefs did well to stockpile talent after round one. Jeff Allen and Donald Stephenson continue the youthful trend for an offensive line that could be the youngest in the league if Allen unseats incumbent Ryan Lilja as a starter.

Devon Wylie has all the tools to be an impact slot receiver for the Chiefs in the mould of Wes Welker.  I’ve watched a lot of Wolverines football in my time, which is why I was surprised to see Junior Hemingway fall to the seventh round. Less of a wide receiver and more of an H-Back, Hemingway has dependable hands and a knack for making big plays.

Oakland Raiders

3 – Tony Bergstrom, OG, Utah

4 – Miles Burris, OLB, San Diego State

5 – Jack Crawford, DE, Penn State

5 – Juron Criner, WR, Arizona

6 – Christo Bilukidi, DT, Georgia State

7 – Nathan Stupar, OLB, Penn State

Favorite Pick(s): The Raiders didn’t have many picks to work with this year (or any year for that matter) thanks to their deal with the devil – trading for Carson Palmer. Jack Crawford had a run in with Penn State campus police after authorities found some illegal things in his apartment. Crawford has the length and reach to pat down passes, which could make him a valuable third down contributor.

The Raiders may have bagged themselves a steal with  Juron Criner in the fifth round. He doesn’t possess the speed of his fellow Raider wide receivers, but he can work the middle of the field as a possession target.

The Raiders selected Canadian Christo Bilukidi in the sixth round. The Ottawa native has carved an interesting road to the NFL.

San Diego Chargers

2 – Kendall Reyes, DE, Connecticut

3 – Brandon Taylor, S, Louisiana State

4 – Ladarius Green, TE, Louisiana-Lafayette

5 – Johnnie Troutman, OG, Penn State

7 – David Molk, C, Michigan

7 – Edwin Baker, RB, Michigan State

Favorite Pick(s): The Chargers stole Melvin Ingram with the eighteenth pick in the first round. Much of the pre draft speculation had San Diego targeting a trade in to secure the services of either Mark Barron or Stephon Gilmore. They addressed their need at defensive back with LSU Safety Brandon Taylor. While Taylor is a capable in-the-box tackler, his cover skills are less than average. Luckily for the Chargers, teammate Eric Weddle is one of the better all around safeties in the league.

I was shocked to see David Molk  fall to the second round. It continues to amaze me how undervalued centers are in the draft. Molk won the Rimington Trophy, awarded to the top Center in the country. An injury during Michigan’s Sugar Bowl appearance may explain how a player of his caliber slid so far.