Total Picks: 7
Round 1 (28): DT Sylvester Williams North Carolina
Round 2 (56): RB Montee Ball Wisconsin
Round 3 (90): CB Kayvon Webster South Florida
Round 5 (146): DE Quanterus Smith Western Kentucky
Round 5 (161): WR Tavarres King Georgia
Round 6 (173): OT Vinston Painter Virginia Tech
Round 7 (234): QB Zac Dysert Miami Ohio
CB Aaron Hester UCLA
OT Manase Foketi West TAMU
DE Lerentee McCray Florida
DL Romney Fua BYU
DE John Youboty Temple
LB Uona Kaveinga BYU
Best Pick: DT Sylvester Williams
Reach Pick: CB Kayvon Webster
Sleeper Pick: QB Zac Dysert
Analysis: The addition of Sylvester Williams further upgrades a defensive line that added NT Terrance Knighton during the offseason. Williams' blend of quickness and strength will strengthen a unit that had the best run defense in the NFL for the second half of the season. I like Williams better than Vikings DT Shariff Floyd. Though Floyd may be more active, Williams is much more versatile and a stronger anchor against the run.
The addition of Montee Ball in the 2nd round means the end of the road for either Willis McGahee or Knowshon Moreno. My guess is that Moreno will either be cut or traded. Ball has great vision as a runner and is very effective between the tackles. Coach John Fox knows how to handle the running back by committee approach and ultimately the Broncos would probably like to have Ball and last year's rookie Ronnie Hillman settle in as their two top backs.
Kayvon Webster was a surprise reach pick at #90 overall, especially with higher rated prospects like BW Webb, Tharold Simon and Terry Hawthorne still available. Quanterus Smith was a good value pick in the 5th round, and if he can get back into full health and keep his nose clean, the Broncos could have themselves a very good defensive end to grow into the vacancy left by Elvis Dumervil. Zac Dysert was a great value pick that fell on their laps and he could end up being the long term answer at QB over last year's pick Brock Osweiler.
Kansas City Chiefs
Total Picks: 8
Round 1 (1): OT Eric Fisher Central Michigan
Round 3 (63): TE Travis Kelce Cincinnati
Round 3 (96): RB Knile Davis Arkansas
Round 4 (99): LB Nico Johnson Alabama
Round 5 (134): CB Sanders Commings Georgia
Round 6 (170): C Eric Kush California (PA)
Round 6 (204): FB Braden Wilson Kansas St
Round 7 (207): DE Mike Catapano Princeton
QB Tyler Bray Tennessee
DE Brad Madison Missouri
DT Rob Lohr Vanderbilt
C Mario Benavides Louisville
DE EJ Epperson Ole Miss
QB Dayne Crist Kansas
WR Drew Terrell Stanford
Best Pick: LB Nico Johnson
Reach Pick: RB Knile Davis
Sleeper Pick: CB Sanders Commings
Analysis: Big Red Andy Reid's first draft with Kansas City was a mixed bag at best. Eric Fisher fits the Andy Reid lineman mold better than Joeckel, not to mention a higher potential ceiling. I never got the feeling that the new staff was sold on Luke Joeckel compared to Fisher.
Travis Kelce is one of the better all around tight end prospects and some liken him to a poor man's Rob Gronkowski....if only they were that lucky. The biggest reach in the entire draft belongs to the Chiefs in selecting Knile Davis at the end of the 3rd round. There were better prospects available at the position in Jonathan Franklin, Andre Ellington and Joseph Randle to name a few. Not only is Davis injury prone, he's also suspect in pass protection, consistency and ball security. Injuries didn't seem to be a concern with Davis, and if that were the case, they would have been better served drafting a superior player like Marcus Lattimore.
Nico Johnson looks like he could step in immediately into the starting lineup next to Pro Bowler Derrick Johnson. 5th round pick Sanders Commings is an underrated player who can contribute at multiple positions in the secondary and can eventually become a starter. UDFA Tyler Bray has franchise caliber skills, but his off-field concerns completely knocked him out of the draft. He was considered to have the best arm talent (touch, accuracy, throwing angles, strength) of the QB prospects in the draft. He could be the long term answer in KC behind Alex Smith.
Total Picks: 10
Round 1 (12): CB DJ Hayden Houston
Round 2 (42): OT Menelik Watson Florida State
Round 3 (66): LB Sio Moore UConn
Round 4 (112): QB Tyler Wilson Arkansas
Round 6 (172): TE Nick Kasa Colorado
Round 6 (181): RB Latavius Murray Central Florida
Round 6 184): TE Mychal Rivera Tennessee
Round 6 (205): DT Stacy McGee Oklahoma
Round 7 (209): WR Brice Butler SDSU
Round 7 (233): DE David Bass Missouri Western
WR Connor Vernon Duke
WR Sam McGuffie Rice
CB Adrian Bushell Louisville
OT John Wetzel Boston College
RB Deonte Williams Cal Poly
S Shelton Johnson Wisconsin
Best Pick: LB Sio Moore
Reach Pick: DT Stacy McGee
Sleeper Pick: TE Mychal Rivera
Analysis: Though there are those critical of Oakland's inability to land more for their trade down with Miami, the Raiders were able to secure 2 draft picks with 1st round grades in DJ Hayden and Menelik Watson. Credit is due to the Raiders' war room for doubling their draft picks by trading down instead of trading away future picks. Hayden was Mike Mayock's top rated cornerback and he possesses good speed and quickness at the position. Even with the offseason additions at CB, GM Reggie McKenzie wasn't afraid of drafting a player that he wanted.
Watson could fill the long standing need for an upgrade at right tackle and allows Khalif Barnes to kick inside and give the Raiders the size it needs for the power run scheme. Though Watson is short on experience, his line coach at FSU had the ultimate praise by saying he's the most talented player he's ever coached. Linebacker Sio Moore could turn out to be the best pick for the Raiders and ultimately man the middle of the defense. 4th round selection Tyler Wilson could be the QB of the future. He has the mental toughness and the ability to improvise that could make him a fan favorite.
Tight ends Mychael Rivera and Nick Kasa were good pickups in the 6th round, seeing as how there are only 3 TEs on the current roster with a whopping 12 career receptions. Both TEs could get significant playing time right away. Rivera is a smooth pass catching TE who needs to get stronger as an inline blocker. Kasa has the higher ceiling but is raw compared to Rivera. He'll have to gain more experience while he grows into the position. It also doesn't hurt that Rivera's sister (actress Naya Rivera) is easy on the eyes.
The worst pick for the Raiders was defensive tackle Stacy McGee, but how bad could that be in the 6th round? DE Paul Kruger and CB Jordan Poyer were still available when McGee was picked at the end of the 6th round.
David Bass is an intriguing small school edge rusher who had a very productive college career. Reggie McKenzie and the scouts did a good job rounding up a good group of UDFAs, namely WR Connor Vernon and CB Adrian Bushell who both had mid to late round draft grades.
San Diego Chargers
Total Picks: 6
Round 1 (11): OT DJ Fluker Alabama
Round 2 (38): LB Manti Te'o Notre Dame
Round 3 (76): WR Keenan Allen Cal
Round 5 (145): CB Steve Williams Cal
Round 6 (179): DE Tourek Williams FIU
Round 7 (221): QB Brad Sorenson Southern Utah
DT Kwame Geathers Georgia
CB Marcus Cromartie Wisconsin
DE Brandon Moore Texas
TE Ben Cotton Nebraska
CB Josh Johnson Purdue
OT Nick Becton Virginia Tech
S Kenny Okoro Wake Forest
Best Pick: OT DJ Fluker
Reach Pick: None
Sleeper Pick: WR Keenan Allen
Analysis: New GM Tom Telesco had a very good first draft class. The Chargers have one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL, so after missing out on the top three tackles, they got themselves a very good player in DJ Fluker. Fluker will probably amount to being a right tackle, but I think he has the feet and overall athleticism to play left tackle.
The Chargers traded up and got themselves great value with Te'o in the 2nd round. Te'o is probably in the best situation possible going to San Diego where he won't be playing under the intense microscope of a smaller market or the hard nosed East Coast.
Previously thought to be a 1st round talent, wide receiver Keenan Allen in the 3rd round was also a great value. Allen isn't the type to be a downfield threat, but he's strong after the catch and gives Phillip Rivers another target to move the chains.
UDFAs Kwame Geathers, Josh Johnson and Marcus Cromartie all have a realistic chance of making the roster at their respective positions. Geathers is a mammoth space eating NT and there's only one returning NT on the roster in Cam Thomas. Cromartie gives the Chargers good size and length at CB or free safety.