The 2012 NFL Draft is done and teams picked their players, I’m gonna talk about the AFC West side of these picks. Let’s go!
Derek Wolfe (DT) – Cincinnati and Brock
Brock Osweiler (QB) – Arizona State
Ronnie Hillman (RB) – San Diego State
Omar Bolden (CB) – Arizona State
Phillip Blake (C) – Baylor
Malik Jackson (DT) – Tennessee
Danny Trevathan (OLB) – Kentucky
The Broncos led the league in rushing because of the former QB Tim Tebow last year. Now you have to expect the team will do a total 180 degree turn in the direction to an air attack with Peyton Manning under center. With that said I would think that the organization would try to surround Manning with the weapons he need by picking up young wide receivers, pick up a solid running back and beef up the offensive line; or fill in the holes on the defensive side of the ball by picking up a defensive tackle or cornerback.
After Day 1, I was left scratching my head trying to understand why John Elway would trade away the 25th and the 31st pick. So Broncos fans had to wait for Day 2 to see what transpires. Well after the second and third day was over, I was impressed that almost all of the positions that needed work on was filled, but didn’t understand the players that they picked. Why pick Brock Osweiler over Kirk Cousins and Russell Wilson? Ronnie Hillman over Lamar Miller? I guess we will have to wait and see if Elway really know what he is doing.
Dontari Poe (DT) – Memphis
Jeff Allen (OT) – Illinois
Donald Stephenson (OT) – Oklahoma
Devon Wylie (WR) – Fresno State
Dequan Menzie (CB) – Alabama
Cyrus Gray (RB) – Texas A&M
Jerome Long (DT) – San Diego State
Junior Hemingway (WR) – Michigan
Head Coach Romeo Crennel has already stated that he like the way his team looks before going into the draft and that he’s not looking for need, but for the best player available at that pick. He also stated that “You can never have enough speed on your team or enough pass rushers; we’re always looking for pass rushers and we’re always looking for speed receivers.” Crennel is ready to put his stamp on this Chiefs team, and I believe he showed it on the draft. He practiced what he preached when he used the first round pick on the best player in the draft at that time and to fill the nose tackle position with Dontari Poe. Media and critics think he might be rolling the dice with Poe because of his work ethic, but he really don’t have anything to lose with that pick, and the later picks were pretty good. Give the Chiefs some time and keep them healthy and they will be a team to be reckoned with.
Tony Bergstrom (G) – Utah
Miles Burris (LB) – San Diego State
Jack Crawford (DE) – Penn State
Christo Bilukidi (DT) – Georgia State
Nate Stupar (LB) – Penn State
New Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie did not have a lot of room to work with in the draft because of the Carson Palmer and Richard Seymour trades, plus the supplemental draft pick or Terrelle Pryor. I really can’t say anything bad about the picks he made since they were limited to only five. I have noticed that they didn’t pick up a tight end, once again can we say “Terrelle Pryor” and “Tight End”?
Melvin Ingram (DE) – South Carolina
Kendall Reyes (DT) – Conneticut
Brandon Taylor (SS) – LSU
Ladarius Green (TE) – Louisiana-Lafayette
Johnnie Troutman (G) – Penn State
David Molk (C) – Michigan
Edwin Baker (RB) – Michigan State
I believe this is the last chance for the head coach Norv Turner and general manager A. J. Smith to make the right combination to bring the Chargers further in the playoffs than the “one and done” or “none at all“. Turner and Smith still have life even though the fans and media have been vocal for their firings. The Chargers have been making some impressive moves during the offseason despite losing Pro Bowl wide receiver Vincent Jackson to Tampa Bay through free agency. They also didn’t do bad in the draft either, they plugged most of the holes they had on the offensive line and since they had a horrible third down defense and a strained secondary, they fixed that by picking up Ingram at defensive end and Taylor at strong safety who can cover play the middle and tackle. They also brought in Green to relieve the great but aging Antonio Gates. Like the Kansas City Chiefs, the Chargers pulled all the stops to put the best team possible on the field. Let’s see if this the season that rejuvenate the job stability for the head coach and the GM, or their last hurrah.
Written by – Arnold Glass II – AFC West Writer