2019 DRAFT RECAP- AFC WEST

2019 DRAFT RECAP- AFC WEST

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS Overall Assessment: A-
Rd 1-Pick 28 (28) Jerry Tillery, DT Notre Dame
Rd 2-Pick 28 (49) Nasir Adderly, S Delaware
Rd 3-Pick 28 (91) Trey Pipkins, T Sioux Falls
Rd 4-Pick 28 (130) Drue Tranquill, LB Notre Dame
Rd 5-Pick 28 (166) Easton Stick, QB North Dakota State
Rd 6-Pick 28 (200) Emeke Egbule, LB Houston
Rd 7-Pick 28 (242) Cortez Broughton, DT Cincinnati

Chargers fans can be optimistic that their team will contend again after this draft. Their draft oozes value at each pick. Getting a much needed starter in Jerry Tillery who is a steal at 28. Adderly will be the perfect safety to pair with Derwin James. Trey Pipkins is a pick that has a lot of upside. He is a big and athletic tackle prospect that is still very raw. Drue Tranquill will slide inside and provide depth and ad special teams value. He can eventually compete after a period of adjustment to start inside. Easton Stick is a talented young passer that can learn from Rivers. He can also provide a quality back-up. Emeke Egbule is easily overlooked. He will make a name for himself on special teams. Cortez Broughton brings another big body inside. He will be a solid rotational player. There weren’t any reaches in my opinion and every pick is a good fit.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS Overall Assessment: B-
Rd 2-Pick 24 (56) Mecole Hardman, WR Georgia
Rd 2-Pick 31 (63) Juan Thornhill, S Virginia
Rd 3-Pick 21 (84) Khalen Saunders, DT Western Illinois
Rd 6-Pick 29 (201) Rashard Fenton, CB South Carolina
Rd 6-Pick 42 (214) Darwin Thompson, RB Utah State
Rd 7-Pick 2 (216) Nick Allegretti, G Illinois

The Chiefs have spent all offseason looking to improve their leaky defense. New scheme and revamping their defensive front has led to a limited amount of picks. Recent developments involving Tyreek Hill have also left them searching for another explosive player. Without a 1st round pick the did manage to add another 2nd round pick. Hardman was taken in the second round to help add big play ability with Hill out. Juan Thornhill was added to replace longtime Chief Eric Berry. Khalen Saunders will look to take over as the starting 3-technique with the change to a 4-3 defense. Rashard Fenton will compete for playing time on special teams and sub packages. Darwin Thompson and Nick Allegretti are competing for depth positions. Thompson will look to sneak some carries in as well.

OAKLAND RAIDERS Overall Assessment: B+
Rd 1-Pick 4 (4) Clelin Ferrell, DE Clemson
Rd 1-Pick 24 (24) Josh Jacobs, RB Alabama
Rd 1-Pick 27 (27) Johnathan Abram, S Mississippi State
Rd 2-Pick 8 (40) Trayvon Mullen, CB Clemson
Rd 4-Pick 4 (106) Maxx Crosby, EDGE E. Michigan
Rd 4-Pick 27 (129) Isaiah Johnson, CB Houston
Rd 4-Pick 35 (137) Foster Moreau, TE LSU
Rd 5-Pick 11 (149) Hunter Renfrow, WR Clemson
Rd 7-Pick 16 (230) Quinton Bell, DE Prairie View A&M

The first draft of the Gruden/Mayock tandem started with a bang. With three 1st round picks they too Clelin Ferrell with the 4th pick. A surprise move as very few saw him in the Top 5 more or less the Top 10. They also added Josh Jacobs and Johnathan Abram in the 1st round. Jacobs will help fill the void left by the retirement of Marshawn Lynch. Abram give the Raiders the enforcer they have been searching for in the secondary for some time. Trayvon Mullen Wil jump right in and compete to play opposite Gareon Conley or at least work in on sub packages. Maxx Crosby will add more pop to a lackluster pass rush. Isaiah Johnson is a long corner that plays physical. Foster Moreau give the Raiders a blocking tight end with the ability to get vertical down the field. Hunter Renfrow will look to bring his Clemson production to Oakland. Quinton Bell will look to earn as many pass rush opportunities as he can. The Ferrell pick was a shocker and he was a reach. Overall it was still a solid draft for the Raiders.

DENVER BRONCOS Overall Assessment: B
Rd 1-Pick 20 (20) Noah Fant, TE Iowa
Rd 2-Pick 9 (41) Dalton Risner, T Kansas State
Rd 2-Pick 10 (42) Drew Lock, QB Missouri
Rd 3-Pick 8 (71) Dre’Mont Jones, DT Ohio State
Rd 5-Pick 18 (156) Justin Hollins, EDGE Oakland
Rd 6-Pick 15 (187) Juwann Winfree, WR Colorado

The Broncos made some moves and still managed to get their players. First trading out of the Top 10, then adding Noah Fant. Fant is a big athletic target that will cause some matchup problems. Then in the second the Broncos added both Dalton Risner and Drew Lock It’s not every year you add a starting lineman and quarterback in the same round. Lock can at a very economical price. Dre’Mont Jones will come in can add some quality talent to the defensive line. Justin Hollins will add edge pressure to the defense. He is long and athletic with the ability to effect the passer or drop into coverage. Juwann Winfree adds special teams value. John Elway has to be proud of the job he and his staff did. .

Jeff Barnes
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Born in the Bronx, NY Jeff attended Mount Saint Michael Academy. He played Defensive back and Halfback, and was a member of the Catholic High School Football League 1992 City Championship team. During his Senior Year he led CHSFL with 4 Interceptions as a cornerback. In 1994, Jeff attended Grambling State University. After leaving school in 1995, he started playing in the United Football League. He would play for 8 years earning 3 Allstar nominations in the UFL and GSFL ( Garden State Football League). After retiring, he decided that coaching was his next challenge, he would start out as a Defensive Backs coach. He was elevated to Defensive Coordinator the following season. He would later shift his focus to offense becoming an offensive coordinator, and was even named Head Coach in 2009. He would serve as a coordinator reaching 4 league championship games. The highlight was his final season as offensive coordinator winning the New England Football League AAA Championship in 2016 with the Western Connecticut Militia. He picked up a knack for developing players with little to no experience as well as former collegiate athletes. Jeff has knowledge of several offensive systems such as Air Coryell, West Coast, Spread and Wishbone. Jeff has coached both 4-3 and 3-4 defenses. Jeff is also a Sports Management Worldwide Alumni having been mentored in a scouting and General Manager course by Russ Lande, Mark Dominik and John Wooten. Jeff joined the Major League Football show MLF Weekly as a studio analyst in 2017. He would leave the show in 2018 as he relocated to Florida. He has returned to coaching at the high school level.

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