Tapping the NFL Draft: AFC/NFC West Team Needs

Evaluationing each team's needs within the AFC and NFC west.

Josh Helmuthby Josh Helmuth

Listed below is each team with their roster needs, a breakdown of possible picks and how many picks each team has per round.
*Multiple picks in one round noted by number in parenthesis

AFC West
Denver Broncos DT, CB, G/C, RB, WR, QB
After getting rid of Tim Tebow, the Broncos can start building a real football team and start by shoring up the D-line taking LSU DT Michael Brockers if he's available.  In the 2nd round, the Broncos should learn from Indianapolis' mistakes and take Arizona State QB Brock Osweiler, Osweiler will have at least two years to learn under Peyton Manning before taking over quarterback duties.  A running back, corner or offensive lineman would be the smart pick in the 3rd and 4th rounds. 
Rounds selecting: 1, 2, 3, (2)4, 5, 6

Kansas City Chiefs 3NT, G, ILB, S, OLB
With the 11th overall pick, the Chiefs could take Memphis DT Dontari Poe, or ILB Luke Kuechly.  There's also an outside chance that they solidify their offensive line by taking Stanford guard David DeCastro.  In the 2nd round I have the Chiefs taking Midwestern State G Amini Silatolu, with the possibility of taking OLB Andre Branch out of Clemson to play opposite of Tamba Hali. 
Rounds selecting: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, (2)7

Oakland Raiders CB, G/T, RB, OLB, WR
If the Raiders didn't lose Nnamdi Asomugha to free agency, they wouldn't be picking until day three of the draft.  Oakland had already lost their 1st, 2nd, and 3rd round picks acquiring QB's Carson Palmer, Jason Campbell and Terrell Pryor.  I've got the Raiders selecting Utah G Tony Bergstrom with their 3rd rounder.
Rounds selecting: 3, 4, (2)5, 6

San Diego Chargers G, C, WR, S, 3NT, OLB
If guards Cordy Glenn from Georgia, or Stanford's David DeCastro are available at the #18 overall pick, then the Chargers need to take one of those guys.  I think Glenn may be a better fit because of his versatility.  If both of those guys are gone, Baylor WR Kendall Wright would be a good pick up for the Chargers.  In the 2nd round I would love to see San Diego take Oregon RB LaMichael James to fill the spot left vacant since Darren Sproles went to New Orleans.  Safety or DT should be a focus in the 3rd/4th rounds, the only true 3-4 DT available might be Alabama's Josh Chapman in the 4th.
Rounds selecting: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, (2)7

NFC West
Arizona Cardinals RT, WR, OLB, QB, DE, DB
The Cardinals have a few options available at #13 overall, two of the best options would be Iowa OT Riley Reiff or South Carolina DE/OLB Melvin Ingram.  Unless the Cardinals try and trade up to get a 2nd round pick, all of the good pass rusher and offensive tackle prospects might be off the board.
Rounds selecting: 1, 3, 4, 5, (2)6, 7

Seattle Seahawks LB, DE, G, WR, RT, CB
The Seahawks will have a few decent options at #12 overall.  If UNC DE Quinton Coples is available, that's the pick.  Otherwise, they could have the chance to take Boston College ILB Luke Kuehly or Syracuse DE Chandler Jones.  In the 2nd round, Seattle could opt for California ILB Mychal Kendricks or on of the top guards available, either Midwestern State's Amini Silatolu or Wisconsin's Kevin Zeitler.  3rd and 4th round should focus on either linebacker or guard.
Rounds selecting: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7

San Fransisco 49ers G, DE, CB, WR, OLB
With the #30 overall pick in the first round, I think the 49ers should take Georgia Tech WR Stephen Hill.  Hill needs some time to develop, but is a good run blocker and would be able to learn from a deep receiving corps in San Francisco.  Any other player in a position of need would be a reach at this point.  In the 2nd round, a 3-4 DE like Cincinnati's Derrick Wolfe or one of the cornerbacks still on the board would be good options.  If the 49ers don't get Wolfe, I really like Nebraske DE Jared Crick for them in the 3rd.
Rounds selecting: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

St. Louis Rams WR, OL, DT, CB, LB, RB
There has been much speculation as to the direction the Rams could go with their #6 overall pick.  The best option is for the Rams to select Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon.  But if Blackmon is gone, the Rams should take whoever is available from USC T Matt Kalil, LSU CB Morris Claiborne or Alabama RB Trent Richardson, in that order.  In the second round, St. Louis has two picks early.  I think they need to use at least one of those picks on a CB, if they don't get Claiborne at #6.  If the Rams don't get Blackmon at #6, then they will need to use one of these picks on a WR as well.  Good options in the second round include; Connecticut DT Kendall Reyes, and Montana CB Trumaine Johnson.  I also have them taking North Carolina OLB Zach Brown in the 3rd round.
Rounds selecting: 1, (2)2, 3, 4, 6, (2)7

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