2021 NFL Draft: Reviewing the AFC West rivals on Day 3

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: A detail view of the draft stage during the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 26, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: A detail view of the draft stage during the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 26, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) /

The AFC West has gained some new competition thus far through day two, but day three was about building for depth for the K.C. Chiefs and their rivals. Teams have drafted their college stars and this day was about finding hidden gems and building a competitive roster. Day three was an exciting yet long day, but we wanted to finish this series and give you guys a day three round-up.

The AFC West has gained a lot of talent throughout the draft, and it’s important to scout out the competition you will now be facing throughout the next season. Previously, I’d been doing breakdowns of each player, but this time I want to look at the combined outlook for each team.

Las Angeles Chargers

Day 3 Picks: Chris Rumph, EDGE, Duke; Brendan Jaimes, OT, Nebraska; Nick Niemann, LB, Iowa; Larry Rountree III, RB, Missouri; Mark Webb, S, Georgia

The Chargers were one of the biggest competitors for the Chiefs in the division, and given their current makeup, they have a ton of talent all over the roster. After losing Russell Okung there was a big void on the roster that needed to be addressed, and it was. With the selection of Rashawn Slater, they got their elite offensive lineman who is a plug-and-play option. The Chargers did a very good job at recognizing the needs and addressing them through this draft. However, when it came to Day 3, they also left a lot of better players on the draft board.

Grade: C-

Las Vegas Raiders

Day 3 Picks: Tyree Gillespie, S, Missouri; Nate Hobbs, CB, Illinois; Jimmy Morrissey, C, Pittsburgh

The Las Vegas Raiders were one of the teams in this draft that left people scratching their heads. The Raiders had a lot of needs on offense that should’ve been addressed, but they didn’t seem to have positional awareness on their roster. The Raiders were shooting at a target when it comes to picking out who they wanted for their secondary, but they ended up shooting too much. After drafting four defensive backs, they didn’t address the other needs they had on their roster. They made some really good selections when it came to who they were selecting, but they didn’t quite make the picks to fill their needs, and that what makes this such a poor draft.

Grade: D

Denver Broncos

Day 3 Picks: Caden Sterns, S, Texas; Jamar Johnson, S, Indiana; Seth Williams, WR, Auburn; Kary Vincent, Jr., CB, LSU; Jonathon Cooper, DE, Ohio State; Marquiss Spencer, DE, Mississippi State

The Denver Broncos actually had a very good draft. After the selections of Patrick Surtain II and Javonte Williams, who was one of “my guys” in this draft, they really started to make great picks. Williams is going to fit in well with the high power run game the Broncos like to run. With the run game going to be a bigger part of their offense this season, they got a great run blocker and pass protector with Quinn Meinerz, and they also got a very good linebacker with Baron Browning. As Day 3 got going, the Broncos made a lot of very good selections and they could be the Chiefs toughest competition in the division with all the weapons they were able to get this offseason.

Grade: A

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