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AFC West Draft Grades

This is going to be one exciting division in 2022. This might be the most stacked a division has ever been with quarterbacks. 

The NFL Draft provides hope for fans and gives us a good outlook on what teams value and where they think they are in the league hierarchy. Here are my draft grades and odds for each team to win the division. All odds are courtesy of FanDuel.

Denver Broncos

The Broncos acquired Russell Wilson and still made nine selections in the draft with some trade downs. Nick Bonitto, in the second round, was a great pick and should join the pass-rushing rotation Week 1. I like Damari Mathis in the fourth round and Montrell Washington in the fifth. The Broncos are having one hell of an offseason. The Broncos are +260 to win the AFC West via FanDuel

Grade: A-

Kansas City Chiefs

Trading up for Trent McDuffie in the first round might have been a bit of a reach, but he was a fun player to watch during the draft process. Adding Skyy Moore and George Karlaftis with McDuffie in the first three rounds gives them three starters for the 2022 season. The Chiefs are +155 to win the AFC West via FanDuel. 

Grade: B

Las Vegas Raiders

They did not pick until the third round due to the Davante Adams trade. Zamir White and Matthew Butler are fun players in the later rounds, but there is nothing really here to grade. The Raiders did not have a lot of resources to work with. The Raiders are +700 to win the AFC West via FanDuel. 

Grade: B

Los Angeles Chargers

Taking Zion Johnson in the first round was exactly what this team needed. He has the versatility to play all over the offensive line, and this team’s number one priority should be to keep Justin Herbert healthy. JT Woods in the third round was a solid pick, as he has all the tools to turn into a good safety in this league. I like what the Chargers did. The Chargers are +240 to win the AFC West via FanDuel. 

Grade: B+

 

AFC West Draft Grades articles 2021 – May 6, 2021

Can someone dethrone the Chiefs for the AFC West crown this year? Well, FanDuel currently has the Chiefs as a heavy favorite to repeat at -305. If Denver gets Aaron Rodgers this offseason, this division could make for some exciting football. 

The NFL Draft provides hope for fans and gives us a good outlook on what team values, and where they think they are in the league hierarchy. Here are my draft grades and odds for each team to win the division. All odds are courtesy of BetRivers

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AFC West 2021 Draft Grades

Denver Broncos

If the Broncos acquire Aaron Rodgers, this draft is a huge success. They are currently the favorites to acquire Rodgers at 2/1, according to online sportsbooks. If they don’t, this draft will be a head-scratcher. 

Justin Fields was right there for the taking at nine, and they decided to select Patrick Surtain instead. Don’t get me wrong, Surtain is arguably the best defensive prospect in the draft. But Denver is stuck in quarterback no man’s land right now and Fields would have provided hope at the position. Denver made 10selections overall, which is my kind of draft. Denver is +500 to win the division according to BetRivers.

Grade: B-

Kansas City Chiefs

Due to the Orlando Brown trade, the Chiefs did not make a pick until the late second-round. They selected off-ball linebacker Nick Bolton, with the 58th pick, which was a bit of a confusing decision considering they had limited picks to work with.

Overall they did fine this weekend. Getting Creed Humphrey in the late second was a great pick. Cornell Powell could slot into that slot receiver role right away. The Chiefs are the heavy favorite at -305 to win the division according to BetRivers.

Grade: B

Los Angeles Chargers 

It’s a great time to be a Chargers fan. Rashawn Slater fell right into their laps at 13, which is exactly what the team needed. Asante Samuel Jr. at pick 47 is a steal, considering he is a perfect fit for Brandon Staley’s zone-heavy scheme. 

The Chargers are set up for a run in 2021. They are +600 to win the division according to BetRivers

Grade: B+

Las Vegas Raiders

Alex Leatherwood at No. 17 caught everyone by surprise. They could have traded down a few spots and still got him. He was not slated to go in the first-round. Trevon Moehrig and Divine Deablo must hit for this draft to be a success. The Raiders are heavy underdogs at +1600 to win the division according to BetRivers.

Grade: C+