AFC West notes

ESPN’s Ashley Fox has a strong feature on Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe, chronicling his rise on the football field and his struggling while growing up. The Chiefs could take him at No. 11. It’s worth a read.

Oakland coach Dennis Allen told the Oakland Tribune more than 90 percent of the team has attended the first week of the offseason workout program. That is about the average in the league. The workouts are not mandatory, but teams highly encourage players to attend and often players have bonuses tied into their attendance to the program.

Gary Horton of Scouts Inc., in an Insider piece, offers the top six draft needs for each AFC West team.

Maligned Kansas City quarterback Matt Cassel is defended by one of his teammates. I’ve always gotten the impression Cassel has the support of his teammates.

Joe Avezzano, who coached the Raiders’ special teams from 2003-05, died at the age of 68. Condolences to his family and friends.