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State of the AFC West

I was just dropping by during a lecture and saw just how drool the posts have gotten. Not that I think of myself as a savior of any sorts but I thought I could get some good discussions rolling during this dreadful time. I know I put in my retirement papers but I'll be busting a Brett Favre every once in a while because you guys are the greatest Chiefs fans I know. Sorry about the drama but my time on the site is going to have to be very limited until the season comes.

San Diego Chargers 

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2008 Season

  • Record: 8-8 (1st in Division)
  • Total Offense: 11th in NFL/ 2nd in Division
  • Total Defense: 25th in NFL/ 1st in Division

Personnel

  • Best Defensive Player: Shawn Merriman- San Diego's defense was a wreck last year without Merriman, as his lack of presence showed the NFL every fault line in the Chargers defense. If your the center of your unit your easily the best.
  • Best Offensive Player: Philli Rivers- MVP candidate easy choice. Though it's funny, I'd probably be shot and thrown into a river for not putting Tomlinson here if it was last off- season
  • Oldest Defensive Starter: Jamal Williams (32), NT
  • Oldest Offensive Starter: Chris Chambers (30), WR
  • Biggest Loss: Igor Olshansky: Although he was ineffective at DE last year he was a solid starter and his departure leaves a hole at LDE
  • Biggest Gain: Darren Sproles: Not so much an addition but the Chargers are a lot more dangerous for retaining Sproles. Outside of the Sproles the Chargers have been silent in Free Agency

Draft Notes

  • Draft Positions in first three rounds: 16, 78
  • Three Greatest Needs: RT, LDE, SS

Three Draft Possibilities for the First Round

  • Michael Oher, OT, Ole Miss- Jeromey Clary gave up nearly 7 sacks last season, San Diego is in a win now position an upgrade at RT may justify giving Darren Sproles more carries. Imagine what Phillip Rivers could do behind an upgraded line.
  • Knowshon Moreno, RB, Georgia- Ladanian Tomlinson is getting old and is injury prone due to a series of nasty toe injuries. Darren Sproles has shown the NFL never to underestimate the little guy but he'll never be an every down back. San Diego's rushing attack would be downright dangerous with Moreno spelled by Sproles
  • Tyson Jackson, DE, LSU- With Igor Olshansky now residing in Dallas a hole is left on the left side of the defensive line. Tyson Jackson has all the right tools to play RDE in a 3-4, playing on the left side may make him even more destructive because he'll be going up against the slower tackle.

Denver Broncos
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2008 Season

  • Record: 8-8 (2nd in Division)
  • Total Offense: 2nd in NFL/ 1st in Division
  • Total Defense: 29th in NFL/ 3rd in Division

Personnel

  • Best Defensive Player: Champ Bailey- At 30 years old Champ Bailey is easily the best player of the Denver stop unit.
  • Best Offensive Player: Ryan Clady- This should have been Jay Cutler but "Josh Mc I love every team but my own" ruined that for the Broncos. Ryan Clady allowed half a sack last year as a rookie. Brandon Marshall is way too injury prone to claim the title.
  • Oldest Defensive Starter: Brian Dawkins(35), S
  • Oldest Offensive Starter: Casey Wiegmann(35), C
  • Biggest Loss: Jay Cutler- no explanation needed
  • Biggest Gain: A first round pick- Some may argue Brian Dawkins here but I disagree. Dawkins is a linebacker in the safety position at this point in his career. You'd be wise not to run straight into him but you can run your faster receivers right over him. There's a high chance the 18th pick will do a lot more for the Broncos than Dawkins ever will.

Draft Notes

  • Draft Positions in first three rounds: 12, 18, 48, 79, 84
  • Three Greatest Needs: NT, ILB, QB

Three Draft Possibilities in the First Round

  • Rey Maualuga, ILB, USC/ Peria Jerry, NT, Ole Miss- Simple really, Rey Maualuga is touted as the best 3-4 ILB in the draft and is an excellent run stuffer. Peria Jerry would give Maualuga a chance to succeed, 3-4 linebackers are nothing without the NT.
  • Josh Freeman, QB, Kansas State/  James Laurinitus, ILB, Ohio State- Supposedly rumor has it that Josh McDaniels likes Josh Freeman, and he fits the bill too, he's a big tough quarterback, just like Cassel and Brady. Plus Mark Sanchez will almost certainly be gone to the Seahawks or 49ers. At least one of the first rounders have to go to defense and Laurinitus may be the best available option at 18.
  • Tyson Jackson, DE, LSU/ Vontae Davis, CB, Illinois- Mike Nolan would be jumping all over his chair in the Denver war room if they could land the best 3-4 DE and the best press corner in the draft. Some may say argue Dre Bly here but he got relesed a while ago and was all sorts of ineffective last season. It's sad that Denver may spend ANOTHER first rounder on a D lineman this year. 

 

Oakland Raiders

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2008 Season

  • Record: 5-11 (3rd in Division)
  • Total Offense: 29th in NFL/ 4th in Division
  • Total Defense: 27th in NFL/ 3rd in Division

Personnel

  •  Best Defensive Player: Nmandi Asomugah- Don't even argue this he was the only Pro Bowler, aside from Shane Lechler, to come out of Oakland. 
  • Best Offensive Player: Darren McFadden- This was sort of a win by default. McFadden only scored 4 touchdowns last season but the Raiders' O line sucks, they didn't have a single receiver go over 400 yards this season (aside from Zach Miller who is technically a TE), and their QB is a season away from the bust tag. 
  • Oldest Defensive Starter: Derrick Burgess(30), RDE
  • Oldest Offensive Starter: Cornell Green(32), RT 
  • Biggest Loss: Gibril Wilson- I still believe he is one of the best safeties in the NFL, too bad he went to Oakland to waste one of his potential prime years. Al Davis had to let him go because he spent too much last off- season. 
  • Biggest Gain: Khalif Barnes- Somehow I get the feeling that Al Davis is going to start a LT that gave up nearly 8 sacks last season in Khalif Barnes. But this is pretty much the only significant Free Agent the Raiders signed all off-season. Now they can focus on more "important" needs in the draft. 

Draft Notes

  • Draft Positions in first three rounds: 7, 40, 71
  • Three Greatest Needs: WR, C, DT

Three Possibilities in the First Round

  • Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech- How scary would it be for the AFC West if the Raiders had the best QB, RB, and WR in the last three drafts on their team alongside a TE with massive potential? Too bad Al Davis doesn't know Oakland's O-line sucks.
  • B.J Rajii, NT, Boston College- I hope this one happens, B.J Rajii tested positive for drugs at the combine and is the most overrated NT I've ever seen. But hey if Kiper and McShay say he's a surefire player then why not!? Who cares if he got put on his face every play in college and wasn't all that bright either (multiple academic probation's)
  • Andre Smith, OT, Alanama- This pick would be the best for the Raiders in my opinion. Although Smith had trouble with injury the Raiders have some spot starters to fill his role until he recovers enough to gain a clean bill of health. If he can start immediately however Khaliff Barnes can slide to RT, he may be much more effective there. 

 

Kansas City Chiefs

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2008 Season

 

  • Record: 2-14
  • Total Offense: 24th in NFL/ 3rd in Division
  • Total Defense: 31st in NFL/ 4th in Division

 

Personnel

 

  • Best Defensive Player: Brandon Flowers-This was a tough one because we have so many young guys that haven't shown us their ceiling yet. But I settled with Flowers because he's pretty much the only player on the defense that isn't on the chopping block aside from Brandon Carr, who Flowers currently starts over.
  • Best Offensive Player: Tony Gonzalez- I'd get my head chopped off if I didn't go with TG here. He's 33 and is coming off the best season off his long fruitful career. He's pretty much the only surefire Pro-Bowler on our roster outside of Brian Waters.
  • Oldest Defensive Starter: Mike Vrabel(33), OLB
  • Oldest Offensive Starter: Tony Gonzalez(33), TE
  • Biggest Loss: 2nd round draft choice- for the most part KC has retained all the players it needed to, and even kept some... one it didn't need to (Jeff Webb)
  • Biggest Gain: Matt Cassel- In one trade the Chiefs acquired a potential franchise QB, a spot starter at OLB, and destroyed the QB situation for 3 teams. The Broncos lost Jay Cutler and you have to believe the young QB's in Tennessee and Washington aren't happy about how aggressive their teams were in trying to acquire Cutler.

 

Draft Notes

 

  • Draft positions in first three rounds: 3, 67
  • Greatest Needs: ILB, RT, NT

 

Three Possibilities in the First Round

 

  • Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest- As much as I hate to admit it, Aaron Curry is almost a surefire lock if the Chiefs sit on their #3 selection, and why shouldn't he the kid is a beast. He has the size and athleticism to play on the inside or outside and even get his hands in the dirt every once in awhile. Just like Oaklands situation with Crabtree the Chiefs are in position to nab the linebacker prospect in decades a year after grabbing the DT version.
  • Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia- RT help for a line in desperate need of it. The Chiefs just invested a near 14.6 million dollars in a franchise QB. If they don't put the right tools on the O-line in front of him, Cassel may be the next in line for Chiefs QB's failures. Having two solid starters at OT in Branden Alberts and Eugene Monroe may help Cassel's progression immensely.
  • B.J Rajii, NT, Boston College- Anyone who knows the 3-4 knows that the NT is the key to the success of the scheme. Rajii has been proclaimed the best NT in the draft and drafting a starter at NT in the 3rd round may be an epic fail on the Chiefs part. I doubt Rajii will happen though, Pioli is pretty set on smart players and Rajii doesn't fit the bill.

 

 

 Tell me what you think AP hopefully this can get some sonversations rolling on a lame weekend.

 

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Arrowhead Pride's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Arrowhead Pride writers or editors.

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