With the first wave of free agency in the books, here is my third AFC West mock draft for the teams' first-round picks. We will roll out another mock or two prior to the April 26-28 draft:
Previous pick: MLB, Luke Kuechly, Boston College.
18. San Diego Chargers, LB, Whitney Mercilus, Illinios: The Chargers badly need a pass-rusher. It is their greatest need and they need to find someone in the draft. I think Mercilus will be available and the Chargers will grab him.
Previous pick: OG, David DeCastro, Stanford:
25. Denver Broncos, DT Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State: This is Denver’s greatest need and Cox is a high-quality player. Denver may have to hope he is available at No. 25 and if he is, I think he’ll be the choice.
Previous pick: Cox.