TE Virgil Green
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Round 1: Texas A&M LB Von Miller
Round 2a: UCLA S Rahim Moore
Round 2b: Miami G Orlando Franklin
Round 3: N.C. State LB Nate Irving
Round 4a: Oklahoma S Quinton Carter
Round 4b: Portland State TE Julius Thomas
Round 6: California LB Mike Mohamed
Round 7a: Nevada TE Virgil Green
Round 7a: Oklahoma LB Jeremy Beal
Best Pick: Green. It's strange to suggest that a seventh rounder is the best pick made by the Broncos, especially since the position was already addressed earlier in the draft, but Green impressed scouts in workouts with his athleticism and has a lot of upside.
Worst Pick: Miller. Had Denver stuck with its 3-4 scheme, then the Miller selection would have made sense, but switching to the 4-3 means he won't be able to play a pure pass-rushing position -- having to cover tight ends and running backs isn't something he does very well.
Analysis: Four of the top five choices were on the defensive side of the ball, including a pair of quality safety values, although Marcell Dareus may have been a better decision at No. 2 overall because this team is weak at D-tackle.
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Kansas City Chiefs
WR Jon Baldwin
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Round 1: Pittsburgh WR Jon Baldwin
Round 2: Florida State G Rodney Hudson
Round 3a: Georgia LB Justin Houston
Round 3b: Miami DE Allen Bailey
Round 4: Colorado CB Jalil Brown
Round 5a: Iowa QB Ricky Stanzi
Round 5b: Oregon State LB Gabe Miller
Round 6: Mississippi DT Jerrell Powe
Round 7: Yale RB Shane Bannon
Best Pick: Hudson. The Chiefs rolled the dice on a few prospects that have character concerns, but Hudson is a coach's dream and should start somewhere as a rookie along the interior offensive line.
Worst Pick: Baldwin. While he could turn out to be just what Kansas City needs on the other side of the formation from Dwayne Bowe, Baldwin is a head case and may not have been worthy of a first-round selection.
Analysis: Houston has first-round talent and only slid late because of some off-the-field questions, Stanzi is a good bet as a developmental No. 2 quarterback and Powe was one of the few players in the draft that fit the makings of a 3-4 nose tackle.
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CB DeMarcus Van Dyke
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Round 2: Penn State C Stefen Wisniewski
Round 3a: Miami CB DeMarcus Van Dyke
Round 3b: LSU OT Joseph Barksdale
Round 4a: Ohio State CB Chimdi Chekwa
Round 4b: Eastern Washington RB Taiwan Jones
Round 5: Tennessee WR Denarius Moore
Round 6: Miami TE Richard Gordon
Round 7: USC WR David Ausberry
Best Pick: Moore. Chekwa was also a sound investment considering where Oakland acquired him, but Moore in particular was a tremendous value in the fifth round.
Worst Pick: Van Dyke. One of the biggest reaches in the entire draft, this is a classic Raiders pick in every sense of the term: Serious speed, but can he actually play?
Analysis: Wisniewski was predictable since he's a Silver-and-Black legacy, Barksdale's evaluations were all over the place from team to team and Jones -- yes, he's really fast, too -- wasn't really needed since Jacoby Ford is already one of the best return men in the league.
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San Diego Chargers
RB Jordan Todman
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Round 1: Illinois DT Corey Liuget
Round 2a: Clemson CB Marcus Gilchrist
Round 2b: Michigan LB Jonas Mouton
Round 3a: San Diego State WR Vincent Brown
Round 3b: USC CB Shareece Wright
Round 6a: Connecticut RB Jordan Todman
Round 6b: Michigan G Steve Schilling
Round 7: Missouri LB Andrew Gachkar
Best Pick: Todman. There is no reason to keep paying Darren Sproles so much money to be a backup running back and play on special teams, so Todman might be a much cheaper alternative.
Worst Pick: Mouton. Not that Mouton can't be a success playing on Sunday, but there certainly were a handful of higher-rated linebackers on the board when San Diego decided to call his name.
Analysis: It remains to be seen if Liuget is really a good fit at five-technique defensive end, but many experts love the Brown choice and feel he's ready to be a possession target right now, plus Schilling can provide immediate depth at either guard position.
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Best Draft in the AFC West: Chiefs
|John Crist is an NFL analyst for Scout com, a voter for the Heisman Trophy and a member of the Professional Football Writers of America.|