With the first two rounds highlighted, the AFC West team will have ample opportunities to select some gems in the third and fourth rounds. The division will see their teams pick several times in these two rounds. Obviously, the biggest question around these picks is what kind of value each team can find.
Denver will definitely look for players on both sides of the ball since they need to solidify their offensive line and linebacker groups. As for the other teams, they could lean more toward a defensive selection process. Although, the Chargers may need to evaluate if they can get a complementary running back in their backfield.
71st – Shaquem Griffin – OLB – Central Florida
Griffin’s story has captivated fans all over. He lost his left hand in a prenatal condition, however, this hasn’t stopped him from becoming a fearsome athlete. He won ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2016 and followed that up with a first-team All-Conference choice in 2017.
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Griffin would fill a need for the Broncos as they need linebackers. He also can make a name for himself on a special teams unit that struggled last season. Shaqueem has the speed and the strength to compete in the league and could be a steal if he falls to the third round.
Edmunds could be the second ACC pick in the third round for Denver. He can play cornerback, safety, and linebacker, and would be a good fit for the Broncos. The Hokies product was an honorable mention for the All-ACC in 2016 and was a third-team selection in 2017. Like Griffin, Edmunds could make an impact on special teams and see some action during the season.
Cobbs is a big body that has talent and the accolades. He received All-Big Ten honors his junior year after coming back from a season-ending ankle injury in 2016. His speed isn’t devastating, but he uses his size and is physical down the field. However, Cobbs did get into some trouble last summer when he was attending a concert which has made his draft stock drop.
The Hoosier product could fit well with a Denver team that needs some depth after a couple players walked in free agency. He could prove to be a great third option for this team that features Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.
The Broncos will finish their fourth-round picks with Baker. Baker is a fluid and fast linebacker that can tackle well. He knows how to elude the block and can change direction easily. Baker also does great in coverage and can match receivers in the middle of the field.
The Buckeye is another great pick for Denver seeing that they lack depth at the inside linebacker position. If Baker can adjust well in the NFL, he could see plenty of playing time for the Broncos this season.
The Chiefs will be very fortunate if Green falls to the third round. He can be an immediate impact in the league with his size, skill, and speed. ome believe he would be suited better as a defensive end because he has a tendency to be overpowered and lose some technique in the middle.
The former Trojan is just what Kansas City needs on defense after their underwhelming season in 2017. If he gets it together, Green could be a starter for the Chiefs in 2018.
86th – Kyzir White – S – West Virginia
White could bring a lot to Kansas City as a safety/hybrid. With Eric Berry recovering from his season-ending injury, the Chiefs will need someone to help in the secondary. White also provides a solid skill set as a pass rusher.
The knocks on him are that he has average speed and has limited coverage abilities. He also needs to gain some size and build some strength to compete in the pros.
122nd – Aaron Stinnie – OT – James Madison
Stinnie would be great here for the Chiefs as they need to add some lineman to block for first season quarterback Patrick Mahomes. He is good in pass protection and is good at repositioning himself against the opponent. Stinnie also has quick feet and can recover if initial beat of the snap.
Stinnie would be a work in progress for the Chiefs because of his size. He also would probably be better as an interior lineman than on the outside.
Holmes is another defensive end candidate for the Chiefs, although he is likely to be used as a tackle. He has great size and strength and once he gets going, he’s hard to stop.
However, Holmes does lack speed and quickness. He is more of a guy that can plug a hole than get out after the ball carrier. Holmes also can be slow on the attack into the pocket and needs to improve his handwork.
The Chargers’ secondary was able to create turnovers last season, but they also struggled against the pass. McFadden could come in a help this situation. He is long and has great pass disruption abilities. On his good days, the former Seminole can hang with the best and make their day difficult.
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McFadden does make poor decisions sometimes and allows receivers to beat him for touchdowns. He also struggles in short and long range situations and will need to get better in this area if he wants to be a starter at some point.
It no secret that the Chargers have always carried a good fullback on the team. Flowers can provide that, and would be a great pick for Los Angeles and running back Melvin Gordon. He would prove his solid blocking abilities for a team with a prolific offense and open more of a lane for the team’s running backs. Flowers also can do some damage with his ability to run and catch the ball.
He does sometimes struggle with the angles of his blocks and when he pulls to the opposite side to block. Flowers also isn’t the most agile of players and struggles to create distance from the defender when going out for the pass.
Quarterback Derek Carr needs some help in front of him and Christian could provide that. He can play both sides of the line and has great movement while engaged in a block. Christian also is able to get to the next level when blocking on the run. Finally, he shows good balance, good footwork, and can block well against spin and swim moves.
He will need to work on his recovery after being beat on the block and his extension. Christian also struggles with some of the more basic fundamentals of lineman such as firing off from a three-point stance.
Fumagalli has a thin frame but is a force as a blocker. He also is solid in the pass even though he lacks speed and separation. However, Fumagali does make up for this by finding the gaps in coverage to get open and make a play.
Here @TroyFumagalli helps to sell the play action by initially blocking and then leaking out down the seam, before displaying his elusiveness after the catch. pic.twitter.com/Ro3Zi7ntQK
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The worrisome aspects of the former Badger are that his athleticism is average and it’s hard for him to fool a defender. He also has a limited control of his balance and body control which can result in him beating easily on run plays.
In the last section of rebuilding the AFC West, rounds five through seven will be discussed.