Sunday, May 1, 2011

AFC West Draft Grades

If you really pay attention to the NFL, you know that it takes at least three years to truly evaluate a team's draft. That wont stop me from making a snap judgement. I'm going to start with the AFC West. 

Kansas City Chiefs

1st-Jonathan Baldwin WR 
2nd-Rodney Hudson G/C 
3rd-Justin Houston OLB 
3rd-Allen Bailey DE
4th-Jalil Brown CB 
5th-Ricky Stanzi QB
5th-Gabe Miller OLB
6th-Jerrell Powe DT
7th-Shane Bannon FB

Best Pick: Hudson
Worst Pick: Bannon

Pioli and company showed, once again, that they know what they are doing when it comes to this draft stuff. I may be slightly optimistic, but I think the Chiefs just had another productive draft and will see a lot of early contributions from their rookies. The first six picks in this draft are not only talented players, but they all address a position of need for the Chiefs. The other guys are all projects to some extent, though I think Powe represents exactly what Crennel is looking for in a nose tackle. He just needs some coaching. Overall, I really like this draft and the Chiefs definitely improved their roster.

Grade A

San Diego Chargers

1st-Corey Liuget DE
2nd-Marcus Gilchrist CB
2nd-Jonas Mouton OLB
3rd-Vincent Brown WR
3rd-Shareece Wright CB
6th-Jordan Todman HB
6th-Steve Schilling G
7th-Andrew Gachkar OLB

Best Pick: Liuget
Worst Pick: Mouton

The Chargers started off strong with good selections in Liuget and Gilchrist. I'm going to go on record here, I think the 2nd round pick on Mouton will be a wasted pick. The Chargers usually do much better than that, I'm not sure what they see there. I like the 3rd round though, both players are talented and will do well in the NFL. Not drafting again until the 6th round didn't help the overall cause but they worked with what they had. 

Grade C

Oakland Raiders

2nd-Stefen Wisniewski G/C
3rd-Demarcus Van Dyke CB
3rd-Joseph Barksdale OT
4th-Chimdi Chekwa CB
4th-Taiwan Jones RB
5th-Denarius Moore WR
6th-Richard Gordon TE
7th-David Ausberry WR

Best Pick: Jones
Worst Pick: Chekwa

The Raiders picked up a decent lineman in Wisniewski, though I think they reached for him. Jones was a good value where he was selected and will contribute. Oakland made sure to get faster but I don't think the roster was upgraded as efficiently as it could have been. 

Grade D

Denver Broncos

1st-Von Miller OLB
2nd-Rahim Moore S
2nd-Orlando Franklin OT
3rd-Nate Irving MLB
4th-Quinton Carter S
4th-Julius Thomas TE
6th-Mike Mohamed LB
7th-Virgil Green TE
7th-Jeremy Beal DE

Best Pick: Miller
Worst Pick: Thomas

The Broncos took the best pass rusher in the draft in Von Miller and didn't stop there. Moore and Carter were ranked as the top two safeties in the draft. Irving is a thumper in the middle and Mohamed provides a versatile backup who can play inside and outside. Beal and Green are both low risk, high reward players. The Denver Johns got off to a good start in the rebuilding process with this draft. 

Grade A 

1 comment:

  1. I knew you liked the Raiders' draft. Hey, I wonder how you guys plan your articles when its time to write about Oakland. Firstly, they beat all the AFC West teams last season. Secondly they have really drafted quality o-line help but because they are the Raiders you guys have to make up stuff to give bad grades. The facts are this team, despite their strange connection with the Patriots, did good. O-line got upgraded....I suggest you tell your team to look for some blockers.