AFC West teams eyeing Utah pass-rusher

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Here is a name for AFC West fans to watch as the April 25-26 draft approaches: Paul Kruger.

The junior defensive end from Utah is being closely examined by the Broncos and the Chiefs. Denver has already worked out Kruger and the Chiefs are set to work him out next week. Oakland has also expressed an interest.

Kruger is considered a potential pass-rush star. All three of those teams need pass-rushing help, especially Kansas City and Denver. Kruger, who had 7.5 sacks for the undefeated Utes in 2008, has been compared to Jared Allen and Patrick Kerney.

At 6-foot-4, 263 pounds, Kruger is a high-motor player who is rising up draft boards and who will likely be taken in the second or third round.

The Broncos are looking for pass-rushers who can play defensive end or linebacker in a 3-4 defense. The Chiefs are also considering moving to a 3-4.

The Chiefs set an NFL record last season for the fewest sacks in a season with 10. They will likely look at several pass rushers. If Kruger, 25, does end up with the Chiefs, it will be his second stint in Kansas City.

He spent his two-year Mormon mission, which delayed his college career, in Kansas City.