However, English, the No. 36 ranked prospect in Scout.com's NFL Draft Rankings, was not the only head-scratching selection to come out of the AFC West.
|DE Tyson Jackson |
Jackson is an excellent fit for the 3-4 defense the Chiefs will install, so this is not to imply he will not become a solid player. However, he does not make the impact plays expected of a top-three prospect.
Not to be outdone, the Oakland Raiders delivered the reach of the draft when they selected Maryland WR Darrius Heyward-Bey at No. 7, despite the fact that WRs Michael Crabtree and Jeremy Maclin were still on the board.
Heyward-Bay, the 27th ranked prospect by Scout.com, is the fastest player in this year's draft, running the 40-yard dash in 4.3 seconds. If only Raiders owner Al Davis was fielding a track team, he might really be on to something.
The Denver Broncos didn't reach as badly as the rest of the division, but that doesn't mean their picks were without question. That's especially true of Knowshon Moreno, who was projected to go to the Philadelphia Eagles at No. 21 in many mock drafts.
The selection of Moreno is especially surprising given that the Broncos have already signed RBs LaMont Jordan, J.J. Arrington and Correll Buckhalter as free agents.
The Broncos picked up LB Robert Ayers with their second first-round pick, No. 18 overall. It was the fifth pick in the first round by an AFC West team and the first that didn't leave fans scratching their heads.
Michael Lombardo is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and a long-time contributor to the Scout.com network. His analysis has been published by the NFL Network, Fox Sports and MySpace Sports. He has followed the Chargers for more than 15 years and covered the team since 2003.