AFC West draft preview

Now that silverandblack.com has broken down the Oakland Raiders draft needs by position. Well, except for the kicking game, and is there really a need to so. Uh, no. Today, we take a look at the Raiders AFC West opponents:

Denver: The Broncos have the 17th pick in the draft and need impact players at defensive tackle and cornerback. The best defensive tackles, however, will likely be gone by that point. The logical choice would be to take a corner in the first round and a defensive tackle in the second round.

The Broncos are also aging at wide receiver and tight end. Denver has been notorious for finding Day Two diamonds in the rough. At that point, the Broncos will probably draft a quarterback, defensive end, linebacker and perhaps a running back.

Kansas City: The Chiefs have spent four of their last five picks on Day One on the defensive side of the ball. Kansas City, however, remains deficient there. Expect the Chiefs, who do not pick until No. 30, to address defensive end and cornerback as their top priorities.

It is also not out of the question that the Chiefs will add a receiver on Day One. Kansas City is also likely to address defensive tackle, linebacker, offensive line and punter at some point on Day Two.

San Diego: The Chargers have the top pick overall and while Eli Manning seems like the consensus choice but they have so many needs elsewhere that a potentially great quarterback will not solve all of their problems.

San Diego was in this position in the 2001 draft with the chance to select Michael Vick and ended up trading that pick to Atlanta. The Chargers, perhaps feeling the sting of the Ryan Leaf debacle at the time, might do the same thing this year to accumulate more picks.

The Chargers also need help, at minimum, on both the offensive and defensive lines along with linebacker.


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