NFL Draft 2015: Kansas City Chiefs select…
By Nick Floyd
Nov 1, 2014; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Florida Gators defensive lineman Dante Fowler Jr. (6) reacts and celebrates during the second half against the Georgia Bulldogs at EverBank Field. Florida Gators defeated the Georgia Bulldogs 38-20. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Oakland Raiders: fourth selection
With the fourth pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Oakland Raiders select… Dante Fowler Jr.
This pick was not a surprise. The Raiders need help across the board and in a division with Peyton Manning and Jamaal Charles, defensive help in the front seven was a must for them. As much as it pains me to say this, Oakland is on the rise. Will they overtake the Denver Broncos as best in the West? I don’t think so. They still need help in a lot of areas but maybe with how this team is coming together, they might finally pick outside the top 10 in 2016.
San Diego Chargers: 17th selection
With the 17th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the San Diego Chargers select… Malcom Brown
This one was upsetting. Because up to this point that was going to be my selection. Brown is dominant on the line of scrimmage similar to Dontari Poe. Kansas City did sign Allen Bailey to a contract extension and Mike DeVito is coming back as well, but the more, the merrier. A defensive front featuring all these guys could have had the makings of a top-10 front, but alas, the Chargers nabbed him before I could make the selection.
Many feel San Diego could be the one to take over the West depending on what Denver looks like in their new offense. So the addition of the fast, disruptive Brown helps those odds.
Nov 8, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers tight end Maxx Williams (88) runs in for a touchdown after making a catch in the second half against the Iowa Hawkeyes at TCF Bank Stadium. The Gophers won 51-14. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
Denver Broncos: 28th selection
With the 28th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos select… Maxx Williams
The Broncos pick is one I am a little torn about. A few weeks ago I wrote about how I felt the Chiefs could select Williams at 18. I see the talent he has and he could be a huge complement to Travis Kelce. However, in my mock, he ends up falling to the hated Broncos.
This is a fitting pick. New head coach Gary Kubiak loves to use tight ends in his offense and the addition of the speedy Williams from Minnesota will only help their offensive scheme.
For the rest of the AFC West, my mock draft went as expected with the exception of San Diego selecting defense over an offensive player. If you want to see the draft as a whole for my first round here is the link.
Warning: Spoilers on my selection if you choose to look at it now.
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