Kiper: Chargers most improved team in AFC West

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ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. breaks down the AFC West division drafts for each team in this audio link with Dari Nowkhah. The conversation begins 48 minutes in.

Kiper says that the San Diego Chargers' selection of tight end Hunter Henry was one of the best picks in the division. And while Henry should help Philip Rivers in the passing game, Kiper said Henry's blocking leaves a lot to be desired.

Kiper also pointed to outside linebacker Jatavis Brown and punter Drew Kaser as good, late-round values.

Kiper believes the Chargers are the most improved team in the division. Kiper said that San Diego’s first-round pick Joey Bosa reminds him of “The Mad Stork,” former Oakland Raiders Hall of Fame defensive end Ted Hendricks.

“The bottom line is he (Bosa) will be good,” Kiper said. “Henry will be a good tight end. They got a little offensive line help with Max Tuerk. So I think San Diego, based on this draft, if they can just protect and get that injured offensive line healthy, San Diego should be a much better football team.”

My take: The Chargers certainly got better with the addition of eight players from this year’s draft. I’m interested to see how Henry performs in 9-on-7 running game drills when the Chargers start hitting in training camp at the end of July.

Ricky Henne of Chargers.com talks with second-year receiver Tyrell Williams. The undrafted rookie out of Western Oregon finished with an 80-yard catch for a touchdown in the final game of the season last year against the Denver Broncos and hopes to use that play as momentum to build on during this offseason.

My take: At 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds, Williams has the physical tools to earn more playing time in his second year, but he has to continue to improve on the little things to get more time on the field.

Tom Krasovic of The San Diego Union-Tribune notes that the addition of center Matt Slauson should help improve the Chargers’ running game because of his stout frame.

My take: Slauson’s experience should help Rivers on game days, along with offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, who wants to run the football.

ESPN NFL analyst Matt Bowen, a former NFL defensive back, discusses the crash course for rookies figuring out life in the NFL this week at rookie minicamps.

My take: The Chargers host a rookie minicamp this weekend, which includes a free day open to the public on Saturday. Gates open at 9:15 a.m. Pacific time.