Here is my second AFC West mock draft for the teams' first-round picks. We will periodically update as we move closer to the April draft:
1. Kansas City Chiefs: DL, Star Lotulelei, Utah: He could excel as a 3-4 defensive end. This is a tough spot for the Chiefs. There are no great positional fits, particularly since no quarterbacks have yet shown they are worthy of being the top pick. There has been a lot of chatter that Texas A&M offensive lineman Luke Joeckel could be the Chiefs’ choice. But the Chiefs want to re-sign left tackle Branden Albert. I expect them to give Albert an offer early next month. If Albert leaves in free agency, Joeckel then becomes the likely pick. If that is the scenario, the Chiefs better use the money that would have went to Albert on a premium free agent. A simple Albert-Joeckel swap would not be the greatest use of the top choice.
Previous pick: Lotulelei
3. Oakland Raiders: DE, Damontre Moore, Texas A&M: The Raiders are in a position of strength. They need defensive help across the board. The draft is defensive-heavy at the top. While the choices are plentiful, Moore’s high ceiling makes him the choice right now.
Previous pick: Moore
11. San Diego Chargers: OT, Lane Johnson, Oklahoma: Johnson had a great week at the Senior Bowl. If he continues to have a good draft season, he will be very worthy of the No. 11 pick. Left tackle is the Chargers’ greatest need. There isn’t a ton of top level left tackle talent this year. Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher also had a great week at the Senior Bowl, but he may be off the board when the Chargers pick. Johnson could be a fine consolation prize.
Previous pick: CB, Dee Milliner, Alabama
28. Denver Broncos: CB, Xavier Rhodes, Florida State: Denver will likely take the best available player. If Rhodes is on the board, he may fit that description. He is a solid talent and the Broncos can use more youth at this position.
Previous pick: DT, Kawann Short, Purdue.