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2024 NFL Draft Review: AFC West

AFC West

The 2024 NFL Draft is over and now it is time to look back. Draft Countdown is doing a division-by-division review series. Today, we look at the AFC West.

Did the Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, las Vegas Raiders, and Los Angeles Chargers improve themselves? Let’s find out.

2024 NFL Draft Review: AFC West

DENVER BRONCOS

1 12 QB Bo Nix Oregon
3 76 EDGE Jonah Elliss Utah
4 102 WR Troy Franklin Oregon
5 145 CB Kris Abrams-Draine Missouri
5 147 RB Audric Estime Notre Dame
7 235 WR Devaughn Vele Utah
7 256 IOL Nick Gargiulo South Carolina

BEST OVERALL PICK: Troy Franklin, WR, Oregon

BEST VALUE: Kris Abrams-Draine, CB, Missouri

BIGGEST REACH: Bo Nix, QB, Oregon

FAVORITE UDFA: Frank Crum, OT, Wyoming (#182 on final Draft Board)

DRAFT CLASS RECAP

Denver and Sean Payton have been linked to Bo Nix since the Combine. So, even though he was overdrafted at twelve, it isn’t as shocking as Atlanta drafting Michael Penix. I did like the Broncos pairing him with his favorite target from Oregon, Troy Franklin.

I had a top 50 grade on 5th-round pick Kris Abrams-Draine. KAR has outside-inside versatility at the position. Jonah Elliss is a high-upside pass rusher if he can put it all together. I expect Audric Estime to get a fair amount of carries as a rookie.

Garguilo (as a guard only) and Vele are solid depth pieces.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

1 28 WR Xavier Worthy Texas
2 63 OT Kingsley Suamataia BYU
4 131 TE Jared Wiley TCU
4 133 S Jaden Hicks Washington State
5 159 IOL Hunter Nourzad Penn State
6 211 CB Kamal Hadden Tennessee
7 248 IOL C.J. Hanson Holy Cross

BEST OVERALL PICK: Xavier Worthy, WR, Texas

BEST VALUE: Jaden Hicks, S, Washington State

BIGGEST REACH: None

FAVORITE UDFA: Curtis Jacobs, LB, Penn State (#186 on final Draft Board)

DRAFT CLASS RECAP

What do you get the two-time defending Super Bowl champs who have everything? The fastest player in the draft that’s what. Xavier Worthy gives KC what they have been missing since trading Tyreek Hill… world-class speed. I still can’t believe Buffalo handed a conference rival their biggest need on a silver platter.

Kingsley Suamataia gives the Chiefs a future starting tackle. He just needs development. I also like Jared Wiley as an athletic #2 tight end. Maybe he is TE1 after Travis Kelce retires in a few years? Jaden Hicks has starter upside at safety down the road.

LAS VEGAS RAIDERS

1 13 TE Brock Bowers Georgia
2 44 IOL Jackson Powers-Johnson Oregon
3 77 OT Delmar Glaze Maryland
4 112 CB Decamerion Richardson Mississippi State
5 148 LB Tommy Eichenberg Ohio State
6 208 RB Dylan Laube New Hampshire
7 223 S Trey Taylor Air Force
7 229 CB MJ Devonshire Pittsburgh

BEST OVERALL PICK: Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia

BEST VALUE: Jackson Powers-Johnson, IOL, Oregon

BIGGEST REACH: None

FAVORITE UDFA: Andrew Coker, OT, TCU (#258 on Final Board)

DRAFT CLASS RECAP

The Raiders draft class was a bit unorthodox but I liked what they did. Brock Bowers is a versatile tight end that they can line up inline in two TE sets or in the slot otherwise. His ability after the catch is phenomenal.

Jackson Powers-Johnson is plug-and-play at either guard or center for Vegas. He was my top-rated IOL in this class.

I love the Delmar Glaze pick in round three. I believe he can be a starter for the Raiders soon. Decamerion Richardson feels like an old-school Raiders pick—speed and length at the corner position.

Adding high-upside depth players is never a bad thing either. And that is what they did with their other four selections on day three.

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

1 5 OT Joe Alt Notre Dame
2 34 WR Ladd McConkey Georgia
3 69 LB Junior Colson Michigan
4 105 DL Justin Eboigbe Alabama
5 137 CB Tarheeb Still Maryland
5 140 CB Cam Hart Notre Dame
6 181 RB Kimani Vidal Troy
7 225 WR Brenden Rice Southern Cal
7 253 WR Cornelius Johnson Michigan

BEST OVERALL PICK: Joe Alt, OT, Notre Dame

BEST VALUE: Brenden Rice, WR, Southern Cal

BIGGEST REACH: Justin Eboigbe, DL, Alabama

FAVORITE UDFA: Karsen Barnhart, IOL, Michigan (#281 on Final Board)

DRAFT CLASS RECAP

Joe Alt was the best tackle in this class. But it appears the plan is to move him to the right side after dominating for three years on the left side at Notre Dame. Unless Rashawn Slater is moving, which doesn’t seem to be the case.

Ladd McConkey may be WR1 for the Chargers as a rookie. Worst case scenario is he replaces Keenan Allen as a rookie. I also expect one, if not both, of the 7th-round picks, Brenden Rice and Cornelius Johnson to make the roster.

Expect 6th-round pick Kimani Vidal to get a chuck of carries as a rookie. I wasn’t a fan of Tarheeb Still. Especially when three picks later they drafted a better CB prospect in Cam Hart.

Junior Colson in the third is likely a day-one starter at linebacker. he may even wear the green dot as a rookie.

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