Prior to the draft, we look at a player from every AFC West whose standing with his team could be affected by the draft. Now that the draft is in the books let’s look where they stand now:
Denver, Tim Tebow, quarterback: Tebow is in good shape. After examining the top eight quarterbacks on the board, the Broncos did not draft one. It looks like Tebow will get a chance to prove himself at some point in 2011.
Kansas City, Branden Albert, left tackle: The Chiefs did not draft a tackle even though they were expected to take one early. Albert must improve this season or the Chiefs may draft a tackle in the first round next year.
Oakland, Nnamdi Asomugha, cornerback: Asomugha is set to be a free agent and he should be the most sought-after player on the market. The fact that Oakland took cornerbacks DeMarcus Van Dyke and Chimdi Chekwa in the third and fourth rounds, respectively, shows Oakland is preparing for Asomugha to leave.
San Diego, Darren Sproles, running back/returner: The Chargers prepared for the likely free-agent departure of Sproles by taking Connecticut running back Jordan Todman and Clemson defensive back Marcus Gilchrist. Todman is considered a change-of-pace back and a dynamic returner. Gilchrist is also a returner. It sure seems San Diego is ready to move away from Sproles.