Raiders Rivals: How the AFC West Selected in the 2017 NFL Draft

Raiders Rival DT Demarcus Walker
Nov 26, 2016; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles defensive end Demarcus Walker (44) chases down Florida Gators quarterback Austin Appleby (12) during the second half of the game at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Was that draft loaded with talent, or what? Not only did the Oakland Raiders land a talented group of prospects, so did the other AFC West squads. Let’s take a look at who else landed in the AFC West, shall we? Below is a team-by-team breakdown of best pick and who should prove to be a pain in the Raiders’ side for years to come:


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Denver Broncos:

Best pick: DeMarcus Walker, Round 2.

Replace an outgoing DeMarcus with another. Walker is a beastly 6-foot-4, 280-pound specimen from Florida State. Given time and proper coaching, he can provide the same impact DeMarcus Ware provided to the Broncos’ harrier of a defense.

Pain: Jake Butt, Round 5.

Butt tore his ACL, yet when healthy, the 6-6, 246-pound Michigan Wolverine is solid at catching the rock as he is blocking defenders. The Raiders could literally be left Butt hurt if the inability to properly defend opposing tight ends continues.

Kansas City Chiefs:

Best pick: Tanoh Kpassagnon, Round 2: Another physical specimen added to the West. Raw and probably a year away from realizing his true potential, the 6-7, and 289 pounder can play end and shift inside to tackle. He’s a classic supreme upside, developmental selection.

Pain: Patrick Mahomes, Round 1:

Alex Smith is the unquestioned starter, but head coach Andy Reid doesn’t ask his QBs to do much anyway. So that’s perfect for Mahomes. Not only can he learn behind Smith, once he’s starter, he won’t have the onus of the entire offense on his shoulders. He’s got a big-time arm and would truly represent a dramatic change in passing ability once he takes over the reins.

Los Angeles Chargers

Best pick: Desmond King, Round 5:

A playmaker at Iowa, the 5-10, 201-pound Hawkeye can also play corner or safety. His ball skills and physicality showed he’s much better than his fifth-round status displays. He’s versatile, with a nose for the ball and fell even behind  safety Rayshawn Jenkins from the U.

Pain: Mike Williams, Round 1:

The 6-4, 218-pound Tiger is the prototype wideout for QB Philip Rivers. Tall, fast, physical and sure-handed, he’ll complement Keenan Allen. The Chargers can go back to the heave-ho deep-bomb offense that Rivers’ flourished in when he had absurdly tall Vincent Jackson and Malcolm Floyd catching passes.

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