AFC WEST DRAFT CLASS

Every other team in the AFC West these days is chasing the Denver Broncos, a team many view as a legitimate Super Bowl contender.

The Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers combined for an 0-6 mark against the Broncos last season, but they outdrafted the Broncos and gained some much needed confidence moving forward.

Here's a team-by-team look at how the four AFC West teams fared, from best to worst:

1. San Diego Chargers

New general manager Tom Telesco and first-year coach Mike McCoy made a great first impression by finding surefire starters with their top three selections: offensive tackle D.J. Fluker, linebacker Manti Te'o and wide receiver Keenan Allen. There's work to do yet, but the aforementioned trio qualifies as a nice start.

OT D.J. Fluker

LB Manti Te'o

WR Keenan Allen

CB Steve Williams

DE Tourek Williams

QB Brad Sorensen

2. Oakland Raiders

It's hard to go wrong when you enter a draft with as many glaring needs as the Raiders had this year. Sure enough, the Raiders landed four players that likely will be starting by season's end, at the latest: cornerback D.J. Hayden, offensive tackle Menelik Watson, linebacker Sio Moore and one of two tight ends selected in the sixth round. This draft class becomes one for the ages if quarterback Tyler Wilson, a fourth-round flier, develops into a longtime starter.

CB D.J. Hayden

OT Menelik Watson

LB Sio Moore

QB Tyler Wilson


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TE Nick Kasa

RB Latavius Murray

TE Mychal Rivera

DT Stacy McGee

WR Brice Butler

DE Davis Bass

3. Kansas City Chiefs

Finding a starting left offensive tackle makes any draft a raging success. That's about all the Chiefs can count upon with a draft class littered with questionable selections. Tight end Travis Kelce and running back Knile Davis figure to make the roster and contribute right away.

OT Eric Fisher

TE Travis Kelce

RB Knile Davis

LB Nico Johnson

CB Sanders Commings

C Eric Kush

FB Braden Wilson

DE Mike Catapano

4. Denver Broncos

It's difficult to find anything to get excited about with this draft class. Williams might develop into a solid run stopper. Ball might be the lead back the Broncos desire. Dysert might be the heir apparent to Peyton Manning. So much potential, too many question marks for the Broncos to feel too good about this year's bounty.

DT Sylvester Williams

RB Montee Ball

CB Kayvon Webster

DE Quanterus Smith

WR Tavarres King

OT Vinston Painter

QB Zac Dysert