2019 NFL Draft: AFC West Draft Review

Contributed by: Dr Roto
Last Updated: May 13, 2019 3:00 PM


 

AFC West Draft Review (Offense Only)

Denver Broncos

John Elway addressed his two main issues: a QB for the future and a TE who can start in Week 1.

TE Noah Fant — The Broncos need all the help they can get in the passing game and Fant will be able to step right in (at least on passing downs) to give them another target. Fant is incredibly athletic and fast but is still a work in progress as his blocking ability is substandard compared to other starting NFL tight ends.

QB Drew Lock — Talk before the draft had the Broncos taking Lock with the 10th pick in round one, buy they ended up selecting him in round two. Lock has a cannon for an arm and is very athletic in the pocket. His biggest flaw is his lack of accuracy, but he will have time to apprentice under Joe Flacco before he takes over the reins of the franchise.

WR Juwan Winfree — Winfree looks like a practice squad player at best.

Kansas City Chiefs

Kansas City went all in on defensive players, but they did add a Tyreek Hill-like clone in Hardman and a shifty runner in Thompson.

WR Mecole Hardman — With Tyreek Hill facing a possible suspension the Chiefs needed to land a talented receiver and they did so with Hardman. Hardman runs a 4.3 40 and has a skill set that is reminiscent of Hill. He should love playing with Patrick Mahomes and even though he is far from a polished route runner, he will find success on plenty of broken plays down field and end-around sweeps.

RB Darwin Thompson — Damien Williams is the starting RB for the Chiefs, but Darwin Thompson is another name to file away. Thompson is a three-down back in the mold of Williams and is an accomplished pass catcher out of the backfield. He is not much of a short yardage runner, but he still could get a flurry of carries, especially if the team decides to release Carlos Hyde in training camp.

Los Angeles Chargers

The Chargers went heavy on defense, but they did find a QB who they can groom to be Philp Rivers' understudy.

QB Easton Stick — Stick was a standout at North Dakota State taking over for Carson Wentz and proving that he had the ability to lead the team to a FCS Championship. Stick should stick as the QB3 behind Tyrod Taylor.

Oakland Raiders

It was fortuitous that the Raiders drafted Jacobs as Isaiah Crowell is out for the year with an Achilles injury. They also added two outstanding defensive players in Round 1.

RB Josh Jacobs – Without a doubt, Jacobs is the number one overall pick in dynasty leagues. If he wasn't before the draft, he is for sure now that Raiders RB Isaiah Crowell tore his Achilles and Jalen Richard is more of a third down specialist than three-down back. Jacobs is not exceptional at any one skill, but he can run, catch, and block adeptly. He looks to be more of a grinder than a home run hitter, but he is still capable of being  a 1500 yard from scrimmage talent in his rookie season.

TE Foster Moreau — Moreau is an interesting pick as he was underutilized at LSU, but scouts see way more potential in him at the pro level. Look for Luke Willson to start the season as the TE, but if Moreau can pick up the passing game quickly, there will be some in-game reps for him for sure.

WR Hunter Renfrow — If you ran into Renfrow on the street you wouldn't think that he looks like a football player but watch him on the field and you will be impressed. He is a very slick route runner who could excel in the league like a Wes Welker or Danny Amendola-type who can plie up catches in the slot.


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