Insider subscribers can check out Mel Kiper’s latest mock draft. Here, though, we will break down his thoughts on the AFC West choices.
5. Kansas City
Mel’s pick: Anthony Davis, LT, Rutgers.
My thoughts: Mel has the Chiefs taking Davis over Oklahoma State’s Russell Okung. Many league observers believe Okung will go higher. If Kansas City gets a chance to choose between Davis and Okung, it will be in a great position of strength.
Mel’s pick: Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida.
My thoughts: I’m not wild about it. Mel points out that Pierre-Paul has great upside, but he is raw. Oakland needs a sure thing. They’ve been striking out left and right in the first round by taking raw talent. Plus, Oakland has some young defensive ends to develop. I’d like to see Okung or Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain here.
Mel’s pick: Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State.
My thoughts: If Denver trades Brandon Marshall, this will be a great choice. Bryant has a chance to be a star. If, for some reason, Marshall stays, McClain would be a nice option. Right now, I think Denver ends up with one of these two players.
28. San Diego
Mel pick: Terrence Cody, DT, Alabama.
My thoughts: I like it if Cody doesn’t continue to have a poor draft season. If he can control his weight, this can be a special player. He’d be a perfect fit in San Diego and instantly help that defense. The Chargers also need a running back, but they can be found easier than massive, run stuffers.
• Denver will have a coin flip with Jacksonville to determine the No. 10 and No. 11 picks.