The AFC West has been dominated by the Chiefs, so the NFL draft will be essential for the other three franchises within the division to somehow stop Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes.
The Broncos could lean towards a new QB via the draft, but right now Drew Lock holds that spot as the top QB on roster.
The Raiders were just voted the worst drafting franchise since 2015, voted by several GMs within the NFL. They should look to change that narrative this offseason.
Justin Herbert and the Chargers struggled to win games last season but with several injured players on the come up, they look to improve next season with them and the new draftees.
Kansas City Chiefs
Head Coach: Andy Reid
Offensive MVP: Patrick Mahomes
Defensive MVP: Chris Jones
Biggest Draft Needs: OL, LB, CB
Draft Picks: 31, 63, 94, 136, 144, 175, 181, 207
The Chiefs almost won another Super Bowl but were obviously defeated by Tom Brady and the stacked Tampa Bay Buccaneers. There’s a strong chance that Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs win the AFC West once again and possibly even fight their way to their their third consecutive championship game. The offensive line is getting better with the additions of Joe Thuney and Orlando Brown, but adding to it will only help their cause.
Safe Pick: OT Tevin Jenkins
Jenkins is a stout tackle that can play on either side of the offensive line. It would be a blessing for the Chiefs to have Tevin Jenkins fall in their lap at 31.
Risk Pick: CB Asante Samuel Jr.
Andy Reid did coach Asante Samuel Sr. In Philadelphia, so who says he wouldn’t consider taking him with a late first rounder? The risky part is Samuel even worth a day one pick, most within the league do not believe so.
Draft Goal: Build an offensive line to protect the franchise, Patrick Mahomes.
Head Coach: Vic Fangio
Offensive MVP: Garett Bolles
Defensive MVP: Justin Simmons
Biggest Draft Needs: QB, LB, CB
Draft Picks: 9, 40, 71, 114, 152, 191, 237, 239, 253
The Broncos have a super young and talented offensive group but nobody to lead it besides Drew Lock who has shown he’s just not the pure QB Denver needs. Whether they take a QB or add to their roster, they look to be in good shape all around for the future if this next season does not pan out well.
Safe Pick: QB Mac Jones
Mac Jones is a much more QB-ready prospect than Trey Lance, it’s fair to have Jones as the safe selection.
Risk Pick: QB Trey Lance
Lance could turn into a project, and Drew Lock could be a better option for at least another season while trading back and adding more talent. There will be more Trey Lance like QBs in 2022.
Draft Goal: Get a new franchise QB.
Las Vegas Raiders
Head Coach: Jon Gruden
Offensive MVP: Darren Waller
Defensive MVP: Maxx Crosby
Biggest Draft Needs: OL, LB, CB
Draft Picks: 17, 48, 79, 80, 121, 162, 167, 200
The Raiders blew up their offensive line, almost traded both their starting and backup quarterbacks, and re-signed the meme king Nathan Peterman. Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock were almost voted worst drafters in the league, and need a major turn around this season to stay relevant.
Safe Pick: OL Alijah Vera-Tucker
Vera-Tucker could be a perfect fit in Grudens run heavy offense, also has a ton of versatility and could swing out to tackle if needed. Great value for a future All-Pro guard.
Risk Pick: WR Rondale Moore
Moore’s talent is appealing but do you really need to add a receiver in the first round again? Henry Ruggs was selected last year and it was very questionable, still is to this day. CeeDee Lamb and Jerry Jeudy waited for their name later on as the Raiders thought they found the new Tyreek Hill.
Draft Goal: Figure out the direction of the franchise.
Los Angeles Chargers
Head Coach: Brandon Staley
Offensive MVP: Justin Herbert
Defensive MVP: Joey Bosa
Biggest Draft Needs: OL, DL, LB
Draft Picks: 14, 47, 77, 97, 118, 159, 185, 198, 241
The Chargers look set offensively outside of left tackle. It’s something they have been eyeing as reports surfaced that they will target Northwestern star OT Rashawn Slater or Oregon OT Penei Sewell if they drop. Chargers could eagerly move up a spot or two if they get too antsy.
Safe Pick: OT Rashawn Slater
Perfect fit for the Chargers and a nice add for Herbert’s blind side. The Chargers need to protect their franchise QB and if Slater falls, expect them to punch it in.
Risk Pick: WR Devonta Smith
Smith is a great talent, and he would succeed in this LA system with Justin Herbert, but there are bigger needs outside of WR right now. As cool and sexy as the pick could be, fix the offensive line before you add more weapons for your QB1 to play with.
Draft Goal: Bring more weapons to Herbert while still adding some depth to the injury prone defense.