Mel Kiper just presented his latest mock NFL draft.
Let’s take a look at his AFC West choices:
No. 2, Denver
Da’Quan Bowers , DE, Clemson
My thoughts: Kiper has Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley going to Carolina at No. 1. The Broncos would be happy with Fairley, Bowers or LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson. I’ve been hearing Denver is excited about Bowers. He has been compared to Julius Peppers, who played for new Denver coach John Fox in Carolina.
No. 18, San Diego
Tyron Smith, tackle, USC
My thoughts: I’d be surprised if the Chargers really wanted to take a tackle in this spot. On Kiper’s board, some top pass-rushing talent leaves the board right before San Diego picks. So, in that scenario, Smith could be an interesting choice.
No. 21, Kansas City
Akeem Ayers, linebacker, UCLA
My thoughts: Todd McShay made this same pick last week. Ayers is a top pass-rusher and could be a terrific complement to Tamba Hali.
Oakland traded the No. 17 pick to New England for defensive lineman Richard Seymour in 2009.