By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG
When your division has the current Super Bowl champions in it, you know it is time to step it up. The teams not named Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC West are looking to do just that in the 2020 NFL Draft.
It looks like the main thought in the AFC West is if they can’t beat him, try to keep up. The “him” being the Chiefs offense. Going in heavy on offense proves that the Broncos, Chargers, and Raiders are showing it’s going to be all about scoring a lot of points in this division.
Let’s take a look at the new players headed to the AFC West.
WR, Alabama (15th pick)
Deerfield Beach HS, Deerfield, FL
There isn’t much that hasn’t already been said about Jerry Jeudy. He is without question one of the best wide receivers in this draft. The Broncos needed someone explosive and they have found it in Jeudy. His 26 touchdowns is second in Alabama history to wide receiver Amari Cooper.
Kansas City Chiefs:
RB, LSU (32nd pick)
Catholic HS, Baton Rouge, LA
A versatile running back, who can make plays happen. Great in the backfield, but also a strong pass catcher, he holds the school record for the most passes caught by a running back (55). Improving the run game may be the only area the Chiefs had much need at, and adding Edwards-Helaire is a good start.
Las Vegas Raiders:
Henry Ruggs III
WR, Alabama (12th pick)
Lee HS, Montgomery, Ala.
I mentioned above that Jeudy is 2nd in Alabama history in touchdowns behind WR Amari Cooper. Ruggs is 3rd with 24. The AFC West defenses are going to have to deal with two outstanding wide receivers from Alabama.
CB, OSU (pick 19)
St Thomas Aquinas HS, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
This pick was considered a bit a reach simply because he was taken a bit early, but not because of his talent. Arnette has a presence on the field that impressed all who watched him. Talented, strong, and gritty.
Los Angeles Chargers:
QB, Oregon (6th pick)
Sheldon HS, Eugene, OR
After the Chargers moved on from quarterback Philip Rivers and then lost out on QB Tom Brady, we knew they needed a quarterback. Even if they plan to start QB Tyrod Taylor, most knew he wasn’t a long term solution. Taylor may start the 2020 season, but they will need to have someone for the future.
ILB, Oklahoma (23rd pick)
Elkins HS, Missouri City, TX
Stout. Dynamic. Playmaker. All words used to describe Murray, who was compared to linebacker Luke Kuechly. While we’ll have to wait to see if he can match that hype, the Chargers have definitely improved their defense with this player.
While I’m sure I will write and erase the words Oakland Raiders more times than I would like this season, I’m also sure that, from what it looks like, fans of all four of these teams look to have something to be excited about with these great new additions to their favorite teams.
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