Today's question: Who is the best newcomer to this division?
Jeff Legwold, Denver Broncos reporter: It could be a draft pick, free agent or simply the most accomplished player. Among the draft picks, Chargers first-rounder Joey Bosa, Raiders safety Karl Joseph and Broncos rookies Adam Gotsis and/or Devontae Booker will be in position to make an impact. And Broncos rookie quarterback Paxton Lynch might be the division's best "newcomer" in 2017 no matter who else arrives. But the convergence of need, ability and opportunity presents itself in Raiders guard Kelechi Osemele, a powerful presence in the run game and an efficient pass protector. He started for the Ravens at left guard and left tackle last season. He also started at right tackle in the Ravens' most recent Super Bowl win. He won't appear on anybody's fantasy team, but in terms of what the Raiders needed -- they ponied up $58 million to sign him -- he just might be the best "fit" signing in a year when the Raiders were the most active team in free agency in the AFC West.
Adam Teicher, Kansas City Chiefs reporter: Technically, Raiders cornerback Sean Smith isn't new to the AFC West. He played for the Chiefs the past three seasons. But he's new to Oakland, and the Raiders will be pleased he's on their side. At 6-foot-3, 218 pounds, Smith is big enough to match up with the division's taller, physical receivers. He has survived in what is usually a smaller man's world by being a solid technician. Smith isn't often caught out of position. Plus, it's a bonus for the Raiders that they stole Smith from a division rival. The Chiefs will miss Smith, whose solid, if not spectacular, play was a nice complement to the presence of Marcus Peters as their other cornerback.
Paul Gutierrez, Oakland Raiders reporter: Courtesy of what, on the surface at least, appears to be a mass exodus from the Pacific Northwest, the region had provided an interesting subplot with three former Seattle Seahawks moving to the AFC West. Outside linebacker Bruce Irvin, left tackle Russell Okung and nose tackle Brandon Mebane all won a Super Bowl with Seattle but will now play for the Raiders, Broncos and Chargers, respectively. While Okung is part of a Super Bowl-winning offense breaking in a new quarterback and Mebane is part of a last-place team's rebuilding effort, Irvin is joining a team on the rise to play opposite Khalil Mack, an All-Pro at two positions. And with a rebuilt secondary that should give the pass-rushers more time to get to the quarterbacks, Irvin should thrive. The vote here is for Irvin, who should eclipse his career average of 5.5 sacks.
Eric Williams, San Diego Chargers reporter: I like the additions of free agents Travis Benjamin and Mebane, along with Bosa for the Chargers. And the Raiders did a nice job of grabbing speedy edge rusher Irvin in free agency. But my pick is Osemele, the Raiders' biggest offseason addition in free agency. An Iowa State product and former Raven, Osemele is one of the best run blockers in the NFL and joins a dominant Oakland offensive line that could emerge as the best in the NFL. Osemele has missed 13 games over the past three seasons, so staying healthy will be critical for him. But he offers versatility, with the ability to play both tackle and guard spots. Osemele moves back to his more natural left guard position next to Oakland left tackle Donald Penn. And with a road-grading left side of the line, the Raiders should be a force running the football with Pro Bowler Latavius Murray, along with the addition of change-of-pace back DeAndre Washington.