2012 NFL Draft, AFC West: Chiefs, Chargers Make Selections, Broncos Trade Out Of First On Day One

The Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers have first round picks in the 2012 NFL Draft. The Oakland Raiders don't get to pick in the third round. Follow along to see how the AFC West progresses around Oakland.

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2012 NFL Draft AFC West Day 3 Recap: Chiefs, Broncos Get Value On Defensive Backs

Day 3 for the AFC West, besides a few notable exceptions, was a steady stream of "Who?" So many of these players are unheralded and projected to be low draft picks or undrafted free agents. The notable exceptions are CB Omar Bolden from Arizona State (Broncos), De'Quan Menzie from Alabama (Chiefs), and Juron Criner of Arizona (Raiders).

The Chiefs took a couple projects in Cyrus Gray and Jerome Long, but I think they struck gold with De'Quan Menzie and Junior Hemingway. Devon Wylie is an interesting guy who is a great return man, and we can all remember the last time the Chiefs had a great return man in Dante Hall. He single-handedly morphed the Chiefs from an average team into a scary one. Wylie isn't on that level but he does make them better. Menzie was a starter on the best defense in college football, and coming from Alabama you know he's prepared for the pro game. Hemingway is a big, tall spread receiver with good hands.

The Chargers may have picked a guy with the best value of Day 3 in Michigan center David Molk. Molk isn't tall, but he is very thick with a neck like a Virginia ham. He was the best center in the country last year and why he wasn't taken on Day 2 is incomprehensible. Molk will be starting within a year and should anchor the San Diego line for the foreseeable future. The Chargers also picked up TE LaDarius Green from Louisiana-Lafayette, who is a good prospect to develop behind Antonio Gates and to give playing time to when Gates inevitably misses time with the flu or a pulled spleen or whatever ailment curses him this season.

The Broncos took Omar Bolden, an excellent corner from Arizona State who probably shouldn't have fallen so far, in the fourth, as well as a terrific center/guard from Baylor in Philip Blake. The rest of their third day was blah, but that doesn't matter. Peyton Manning will win twelve games by himself no matter who the sixth round picks are. They could have selected my aged grandmother in the third round for all the difference it would make.

The Raiders had five picks on Day 3, and devoted all but one to defense. They took two defensive linemen and two linebackers. They utterly neglected to address the secondary, which is baffling to me, but Juron Criner is so shiny I can't be too upset. Their actions tell me one of two things: they like Chekwa and Van Dyke as backups to Bartel and Spencer OR they did not see a cornerback they liked with any of their picks. I call shenanigans on number two, because Chase Minnifield went undrafted and that's nonsense.
Miles Burriss and Nate Stupar are two high-energy linebackers who have the versatility to play inside or outside in any scheme, and the Raiders (as I mentioned yesterday) need as many of those as they can get. Jack Crawford is a tough developmental defensive end, and Christo Bilukidi is simply a very large man who will need time to adjust to the NFL game.
The real gem here, of course, is Juron Criner. He has true #1 receiver ability, and can catch the ball in traffic as well as stretch the field and make all the catches, even the degree-of-difficulty acrobatic ones. Criner fell in the draft due to a slow 40 time, but his tape shows that he is plenty fast enough. He's not exactly a burner like, say, Julio Jones, but his size and great hands allow him to win most battles against even the best cornerbacks. The Raiders have enough burners and speedsters on their team already (Ford, Moore, Heyward-Bey) what they need is a guy who is big and strong and can make all the tough catches and handle the contact without breaking (looking at you, Chaz Schilens). The Raiders' WR rotation has a lot of talent, but if anyone can crack that nut it's Criner, who possesses a unique skill set that the coaching staff and Carson Palmer will appreciate.

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2012 NFL Draft, AFC West: Chargers, Chiefs Fill Roster In Seventh Round

Kansas City Chiefs

With the 218th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Chiefs have selected DT Jerome Long out of San Diego State. The Chiefs grab another big body for their defensive line. Long can play tackle or end, but may have fallen due to a hamstring injury. He was not projected to be drafted.

The Chiefs also took WR Junior Hemingway from Michigan. Hemingway was a productive receiver in college, hauling in passes from Denard Robinson. Hemingway is a spread receiver, which requires him to be an excellent blocker. He had good hands and can make the difficult catches.

Drafted So Far

First Round: Dontari Poe
Second Round: Jeff Allen
Third Round: Donald Stephenson
Fourth Round: Devon Wylie
Fifth Round: De'Quan Menzie
Sixth Round: Cyrus Gray
Seventh Round: Jerome Long

San Diego Chargers

With the 226th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Chargers have selected C David Molk out of Michigan. Molk plays at around 300 pounds and is freakishly strong. He holds great value here, having been projected as a fourth rounder. Molk won the Rimington Award as that nation's best center last year and was a first-team All-American. The Chargers picked a potential long-term starter in the seventh round.

The Chargers also drafted RB Edwin Baker from Michigan State. Baker is short, fast, and extremely strong. Ball security is a concern, but he may be a good replacement for Mike Tolbert.

Drafted So Far

First Round: Melvin Ingram
Second Round: Kendall Reyes
Third Round: Brandon Taylor
Fourth Round: LaDarius Green
Fifth Round: Johnnie Troutman
Seventh Round: David Molk, Edwin Baker


Follow along with the entire NFL draft at SB Nation's main story stream and at Mocking The Draft. For more on the AFC West, you can check out Bolts From The Blue for the San Diego Chargers, Arrowhead Pride for the Kansas City Chiefs and Mile High Report for the Denver Broncos.

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2012 NFL Draft Results, AFC West: Chiefs, Broncos Draft For Depth In Sixth Round

Kansas City Chiefs

With the 182nd pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Chiefs have selected RB Cyrus Gray out of Texas A&M. Gray is a strong, tough runner who can take on a heavy workload. He will add depth to the Chiefs' rush attack as Jamaal Charles returns from an ACL injury.

Drafted So Far

First Round: Dontari Poe
Second Round: Jeff Allen
Third Round: Donald Stephenson
Fourth Round: Devon Wylie
Fifth Round: De'Quan Menzie
Sixth Round: Cyrus Gray


Denver Broncos

With the 188th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Broncos have selected LB Danny Trevathan out of Kentucky. He is a big hitter with excellent tackling ability who shows up well on film. He will add toughness and talent to the Broncos' agr\gressive defense.

Drafted So Far

Second Round: Derek Wolfe
Second Round: Brock Osweiler
Third Round: Ronnie Hillman
Fourth Round:Omar Bolden, Philip Blake
Fifth Round: Malik Jackson
Sixth Round: Danny Trevathan

Follow along with the entire NFL draft at SB Nation's main story stream and at Mocking The Draft. For more on the AFC West, you can check out Bolts From The Blue for the San Diego Chargers, Arrowhead Pride for the Kansas City Chiefs and Mile High Report for the Denver Broncos.

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2012 NFL Draft Results, AFC West: Broncos, Chiefs, Chargers Add Picks At Top Of The Fifth

Kansas City Chiefs

With the 146th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Chiefs have selected CB/S De'Quan Menzie out of Alabama. Menzie was a productive secondary player for the Crimson Tide, and Alabama players are always well coached. Menzie isn't fast but is a ball hawk and can add depth to the KC secondary.

Drafted So Far

First Round: Dontari Poe
Second Round: Jeff Allen
Third Round: Donald Stephenson
Fourth Round: Devon Wylie
Fifth Round: De'Quan Menzie

San Diego Chargers

With the 149th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Chargers have selected OG Johnnie Troutman out of Penn State. Troutman is a good rush blocker, but isn't proficient enough at pass blocking to be a starter.

Drafted So Far

First Round: Melvin Ingram
Second Round: Kendall Reyes
Third Round: Brandon Taylor
Fourth Round: LaDarius Green
Fifth Round: Johnnie Troutman

Denver Broncos

With the 137th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Broncos have selected DE Malik Jackson out of Tennessee. Jackson is a mammoth human being at 6'6" 285. He played tackle in college but he can play either tackle or end at the pro level. He has superior length and athleticism, and can either overpower guards or beat tackles off the edge..

Drafted So Far

Second Round: Derek Wolfe
Second Round: Brock Osweiler
Third Round: Ronnie Hillman
Fourth Round: Omar Bolden, Philip Blake
Fifth Round: Malik Jackson

Follow along with the entire NFL draft at SB Nation's main story stream and at Mocking The Draft. For more on the AFC West, you can check out Bolts From The Blue for the San Diego Chargers, Arrowhead Pride for the Kansas City Chiefs and Mile High Report for the Denver Broncos.

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2012 NFL Draft Results, AFC West: Chargers, Broncos Chiefs Make Picks At Start Of Round 4

Kansas City Chiefs

With the 107th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Chiefs have selected WR Devon Wylie out of Fresno State. Wylie is a dynamic return man and a slot receiver. He is good at making tacklers miss and has good burst in the open field. He will team with Dwayne Bowe and Jon Baldwin to give Matt Cassel a more complete WR corps.

Drafted So Far

First Round: Dontari Poe
Second Round: Jeff Allen
Third Round: Donald Stephenson
Fourth Round: Devon Wylie

San Diego Chargers

With the 110th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Chargers have selected TE LaDarius Green out of Louisiana-Lafayette. The Chargers desperately needed a tight end, with their star TE Antonio Gates constantly missing time with injury. Green is a big, fast tight end who was the most productive player at his position in 2010 and was an All-American that year. Green is the perfect guy to develop as a successor to Gates.

Drafted So Far

First Round: Melvin Ingram
Second Round: Kendall Reyes
Third Round: Brandon Taylor
Fourth Round: LaDarius Green

Denver Broncos

With the 101st pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Broncos have selected CB Omar Bolden out of Arizona State. Bolden is a starting=quality corner who tore his ACL last year and missed significant time. He was one of the Pac-12's best defensive players and on his play alone he had a second round grade. Chanp Bailey is getting up in years and the Broncos needed some youth in their secondary. Bolden is the best balue they could have got at this pick.

The Broncos also picked up C Philip Blake out of Baylor. Blake is 26 years old and is versatile enough to play center or either guard position. Blake has good footwork and is very thick. He's been protecting Robert Griffin III for years and now will seek to keep Peyton Manning's jersey clean.

Drafted So Far

Second Round: Derek Wolfe
Second Round: Brock Osweiler
Third Round: Ronnie Hillman
Fourth Round: Omar Bolden, Philip Blake

Follow along with the entire NFL draft at SB Nation's main story stream and at Mocking The Draft. For more on the AFC West, you can check out Bolts From The Blue for the San Diego Chargers, Arrowhead Pride for the Kansas City Chiefs and Mile High Report for the Denver Broncos.

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2012 NFL Draft Results: Broncos, Chiefs, Chargers Continue To Build During Oakland Inactivity On Day 2

The AFC West had a lot of activity in rounds 2 and 3, with many of the picks focusing on linemen. The Chiefs took two of them, the Broncos took one, the Chargers took one, and the Raiders took one with the only pick they had. The Broncos also took a couple skill position players, including a certain very tall quarterback.

The Chiefs decided they did not need any help at the skill positions or the defensive backfield, opting instead to select offensive linemen Jeff Allen at pick #44 and Donald Stephenson at pick #74. Allen will be able to step in right away, but Stephenson is more of a project. If he pans out, however, he will be formidable.

Denver started the AFC West’s day by talking Derek Wolfe, a NT from Cincinnati at #36. Denver is very thin at defensive tackle with Brodrick Bunkley leaving as a free agent. Wolfe isn’t the sort of gap-plugger that Denver probably needed but he is a good penetrator who can stuff the run and pursue the quarterback. The Broncos then elected to draft their QB of the future at pick #57 in the form of Brock Osweiler out of Arizona State. Osweiler is, as you may have heard, very tall. He is around 6’7" and has a rocket arm. He is definitely not starter-ready like Andrew Luck, but he is certainly ready to pick splinters out of his rear end for a few years while Peyton Manning fulfills his contract.

The Broncos then took RB Ronnie Hillman from San Diego State with the 67th pick. This guy is insurance for Denver’s current RBs, the ancient Willis McGahee and the oft-injured and never-good Knowshon Moreno.

The Chargers took another defensive lineman in the second round, choosing DT Kendall Reyes from Connecticut with the #49 pick. He and Melvin Ingram will infuse some youth and athleticism into an aging defensive line. The Chargers then picked Brandon Taylor, Safety from LSU. Strong safety has been an issue for the team for years and they are counting on Taylor to rectify that. I expect San Diego to pick some offensive skill players on Saturday, to replace Vincent Jackson and Mike Tolbert.

The Raiders only had one pick, the very last one of the evening. They spent it on Tony Bergstrom, OL from Utah. The Raiders don’t have a lot of depth on the offensive line, and only three of their linemen would start for just about any other team, so this was an obvious need selection. Bergstrom is a proficient zone blocker who has the versatility to play any spot on the line. That is just what the doctor ordered for Oakland. Look for them to take linebackers and defensive backs in rounds 4-7.

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NFL Draft 2012 Results: The San Diego Chargers Select Brandon Taylor With 73rd Pick Of 3rd Round

With the 73rd pick of the 3rd round in the 2012 NFL Draft, the San Diego Chargers have selected Brandon Taylor, a safety from LSU. Taylor is a tough, ballhawking safety that played on one of the top two defenses in college football this past season. Though he might not be a starter at the next level, he'll add depth to the Chargers' defensive backfield as a playmaking safety.

Here is more on Taylor from Sports Illustrated.

Taylor lacks the size-speed numbers to start at the next level, but plays tough and smart. He's best suited to line up in a zone system and has enough skill to make a final roster.

The Chargers' next pick is the 15th selection of the 4th round, 110th overall. Head over to NFL.com to track every pick as the Draft moves on.

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2012 NFL Draft Results: Chiefs Select Donald Stephenson At No. 73

With the No. 73 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs have selected Donald Stephenson, OT out of Oklahoma.

Stephenson joins second round pick Jeff Allen and the Chiefs' first round selection, Dontari Poe, the defensive tackle out of Memphis. Most felt that Poe was a solid selection for the Chiefs at pick No. 11 in round one, but the majority of the experts were also of the opinion that a better player could have been had there. On top of that, there were several players whom experts thought project to be a better fit, as well. Either way, Kansas City's haul through three rounds is set (barring trades).

Stephenson is a developmental tackle prospect with many of the same issues as Dontari Poe- limitless potential, questionable motor. If Stephenson works hard and fulfills his promise, he may slide to right tackle in the Chiefs' system with Branden Albert on the other side. The Chiefs are working hard to solidify their lines and provide protection for Matt Cassel.

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2012 NFL Draft Results: Denver Broncos Select Ronnie Hillman With 67th Pick

The Denver Broncos have a history of developing mid- and late round running backs over the year. After selecting defensive tackle Derek Wolfe and quarterback Brock Osweiler in the second round, the Broncos moved up in the third round to select San Diego State running back Ronnie Hillman.

Hillman, who rushed for 1,711 yards and 19 touchdowns last season, is a bit undersized at 5'8, but he clocked in at 200lbs at the NFL Combine. A quick, shifty runner who doesn't tend to dance around in the backfield, many feel he could be an everyday back in the NFL. There are a few concerns about his durability, though, and if he will be able to handle the rigors of a 16-game season.

Here is more from Sports Illustrated on Hillman:

illman has been incredibly productive the two years he started at San Diego State and offers the football skills to be used as a rotational ballcarrier in the NFL.

The Broncos will pick next in the fourth round, which will begin on Saturday morning.

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2012 NFL Draft Results: Broncos Select Brock Osweiler at #57

With the 57th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos select Brock Osweiler, QB from Arizona State.

The Broncos traded out of the first round entirely and with their first selection at #36 overall they chose Derek Wolfe, DT from the University of Cincinnati. With this selection they take a QB in Osweiler whom they can groom to be the successor to Peyton Manning (something Indianapolis never did). Osweiler is huge at 6'7" and has a rocket arm. Now is a perfect time for the Broncos to take a developmental quarterback to sit behind Manning for what is likely the remainder of Manning's career.

Osweiler has all the physical tools you look for, but is significantly taller than any previously successful quarterback in NFL history. He also is short on collegiate starts and doesn't have much experience. He also tends to rely on his cannon arm too much and makes mistakes when the windows are too small. His freakish size renders him slightly too immobile to avoid the best pass rushers. However, he is the sort of guy you would want to sit and learn for several years behind one of the finest quarterbacks who ever lived.

This pick was announced by Broncos legend Terrell Davis.

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2012 NFL Draft Results: Chargers Select Kendall Reyes With 49th Pick

With the No. 49 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the San Diego Chargers selected Kendall Reyes, defensive tackle out of Connecticut. Offensive lineman Courtney Hall was on hand to announce the pick for San Diego. He called them the "Super Chargers."

Reyes joins the Chargers' first-round draft choice, Melvin Ingram, the defensive end out of South Carolina. Ingram was regarded as one of the best values in the draft where the Chargers took him at No. 18 (shocking, there were teams that actually stayed at their pick and used it!) and they're building on that each day. When the final grades come out, folks will rate the Chargers highly solely based on Ingram alone - everything else is just gravy.

Here's what the National Football Post had to say about Reyes in their scouting report:

Impression: Displays some natural talent and did a better job at Senior Bowl playing with a lower pad level. If he can continue to play lower should be able to fight for a starting role in both a 34 or 43 scheme as a three or five technique.

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2012 NFL Draft Results: Chiefs Get Jeff Allen At No. 44

With the 44th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs select Jeff Allen, OL, Illinois .

With their first round pick, the Chiefs took DT Dontari Poe from the University of Memphis to add depth and talent to their defensive line, which has been hit and miss with the last several drafts. With this selection the Chiefs elect to add to their offensive line with the selection of Jeff Allen. He can play both guard or tackle and with the Chiefs' line aging this is a much-needed infusion of both youth and versatility for the team.

Allen is an excellent pass blocker and could line up either on the right side or at left guard next to Branden Albert. He is enormous at 6-5 and 315 pounds. Allen will need all the size and technique he can muster while dealing with the stout Raider defensive line, as well as the likes of Melvin Ingram and Von Miller in the AFC West. The Chiefs appear to be going with the Eagles strategy of building their teams in the trenches first and foremost.

This pick was announced by Chiefs great Will Shields.


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2012 NFL Draft Results, AFC West: Broncos Get Derek Wolfe At Pick No. 36

With the No. 36 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos have selected defensive tackle Derek Wolfe out of Cincinnati. Terrell Davis was on hand to announce the selection. Wolfe is a bit of a surprise at the pick, given the fact that there's still guys like Jerel Worthy and Devon Still on the board, but he's a giant of a man and the if he plays half as good as he is big, the Broncos should be fine.

Here's what National Football Post said of Wolfe in their scouting report:

Impression: A high motor, had working kid who finds the football and uses his length to make plays. Doesn't have the anchor to play inside in a 43 front at the next level. However, as a two gap five-technique in a 34 he's got the skill set to fight for playing time in a rotation and create some negative plays vs. the run.

Wolfe is the first pick of the draft for the Broncos, as they traded back out of the first round when they didn't see any "must-have" players at No. 25. The New England Patriots were happy to move up and take Dont'a Hightower, the inside linebacker out of Alabama. That trade put Denver at No. 31, (while picking up No. 126 as well), and then they traded back from that - sending No. 31 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers along with the aforementioned No. 126 for No. 36 and No. 101 from Tampa Bay. The Bucs drafted running back Doug Martin at No. 31, a player most thought the Broncos would take in that situation.

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2012 NFL Draft Results, AFC West: Chiefs, Chargers Make Day One Picks, Broncos Trade Out, Raiders Watch

The AFC West had a mostly uneventful Round 1 of the NFL Draft, with the team making the most noise in the offseason also the one making the most trades in the draft- the Denver Broncos. The Broncos ended up trading out of the first round altogether, while the Chargers and Chiefs both picked defensive linemen.

The Chiefs were up first at pick 11 and selected Dontari Poe, DT from Memphis. Poe is a beast who is virtually unblockable when giving his best effort. However, if you watch all of his film, max effort is rare. He tends to take plays off and not give the game his all. It’s a shame, because if he went all-out all the time he could be one of the best defensive linemen in football. He will be quite a load for any offensive lineman to handle, but the Chiefs have taken a couple defensive linemen recently (Glenn Dorsey, Tyson Jackson) who have yet to distinguish themselves so Poe will have to play to his full potential from the beginning to avoid any rumblings of him being a bust.

The Chargers waited patiently and got DE Melvin Ingram from South Carolina with pick #18. I think this is a steal, as many expected Ingram to be taken in the top 10 picks. His high motor and skill set certainly justify that sort of opinion. The Chargers have needed good pass rushers for years and Ingram fits the bill. He is a tremendous player and will be terrorizing opposing QBs for years to come.

The Broncos decided they wanted no part of the first round at all. First, they traded pick 25 to the Patriots for picks 31 and 126. They then flipped BOTH those picks to Tampa Bay for picks #36 and 101. The Broncos now have two picks in the second round. I anticipate them to take a secondary player and a running back.

The Raiders sat back and watched as Cincinnati selected Dre Kirkpatrick with the pick that would have been theirs, had they not traded for Carson Palmer. Kirkpatrick is an excellent player, but Palmer is a franchise QB, so the Raiders are probably better off as they are. They will have the last pick in the third round tomorrow. I expect a linebacker or secondary player to be chosen.

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2012 NFL Draft Results, AFC West: Melvin Ingram Goes To San Diego Chargers

With the 18th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the San Diego Chargers have selected Melvin Ingram, a defensive end out of South Carolina. This NFL Draft 2012 result is exactly what the Bolts needed, a injection of youth and athleticism on the defensive side of the ball.

Ingram was a beast for the Gamecocks in 2011, finishing the year 10 sacks and 15 tackles for loss. At 6'2" 276 pounds he is a bit shorter than most at his position, but he is so versatile that the Chargers can utilize him at multiple positions in multiple packages. Shaun Phillips had been slowed with injuries, but a talent like Ingram will be a great pairing with the veteran in a somewhat aging defense altogether.

The Chargers' next pick is the 17th in the second round, 49th overall.

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2012 NFL Draft Results, AFC West: Dontari Poe Goes to Kansas City Chiefs

With the 11th pick of the 2012 NFL draft, the Kansas City Chiefs select Dontari Poe, defensive tackle out of Memphis. With the way Romeo Crennel runs his defense, the Chiefs were in need of a big time defensive tackle and Dontari Poe has the potential to be a dominant player in the NFL. He has been compared to Haloti Ngata for his rare combination of size and agility. At 6'5 and 350 pounds, Poe is a beast of a man, but in college, he showed enough athleticism to actually drop into pass coverage and play from side line to side line.

However, despite all of his freakish athletic abilities, there is a reasonable amount of risk with this pick. While he has the potential to be dominant, there is concern about whether or not Poe can reach his full potential. While in college, he was playing against inferior talent, but did not put up dominant numbers. His size and athletic ability will enable him to start right away in the NFL, but he is likely a project that will take a while to become as dominant as he can be. That, of course, is assuming he is actually able to harness his physical strengths and reach his full potential.

Follow along with the entire NFL draft at SB Nation's main story stream and at Mocking The Draft. For more on the AFC West, you can check out Bolts From The Blue for the San Diego Chargers, Arrowhead Pride for the Kansas City Chiefs and Mile High Report for the Denver Broncos.

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2012 NFL Draft, AFC West: Picks In All Rounds For Chiefs, Chargers And Broncos

The Oakland Raiders are going to sit on the sidelines while the rest of the AFC West makes some moves on day one. Of course, it's still possible that the Raiders make some moves and get back into the first round, but they've only got fourth rounders and later to work with for 2012 (compensatory picks are not able to be traded), and it's unlikely that a team will be tempted to deal without instant gratification.

As such, the Raiders are hoping that some key offseason moves - mostly to the coaching staff and front office - will pay off in the end. They'll be looking to new general manager Reggie McKenzie to make the best of a depleted draft, and they'll hope that the rest of the division really screws things up.

To really benefit the Raiders, they'll need to. The AFC West was hugely competitive last year, not being decided until the very end, and the draft will be a big part of how things are going to look in 2012. Below, we'll take a look at all of the picks for the NFC West, and if you want your coverage of the Raiders, check out our draft stream here.

Kansas City Chiefs

No. 11 (First)
No. 44 (Second)
No. 74 (Third)
No. 107 (Fourth)
No. 146 (Fifth)
No. 182 (Sixth)
No. 218 (Seventh)
No. 238 (Seventh)

San Diego Chargers

No. 18 (First)
No. 49 (Second)
No. 78 (Third)
No. 110 (Fourth)
No. 149 (Fifth)
No. 183 (Sixth)
No. 226 (Seventh)
No. 250 (Seventh, compensatory)

Denver Broncos

No. 25 (First)
No. 57 (Second)
No. 87 (Third)
No. 108 (Fourth)
No. 120 (Fourth)
No. 137 (Fifth)
No. 188 (Sixth)

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2012 NFL Draft, AFC West Preview: Chiefs, Chargers, Broncos Have First Round Picks

The Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers have first round picks in the 2012 NFL Draft. The Oakland Raiders don't get to pick in the third round.

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