2012 NFL Draft: Biggest Draft Need for Every AFC West Team

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The AFC West continues to be one of the most unpredictable divisions in all of football. Each year the battle for the division title comes down to the final weeks of the season. This openness means that the draft plays a major role in the next season’s AFC West champion.

Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos could address a few different needs, but finding a playmaker at defensive tackle seems to be the most pressing. The likes of Ryan McBean and Kevin Vickerson just don’t inspire much confidence. Prospects such as Penn State’s Devon Still, Connecticut’s Kendall Reyes and LSU’s Michael Brockers make sense in the first round, while Clemson’s Brandon Thompson is an excellent second-round option.

Having their first selection in the third round really hurts the Oakland Raiders' ability to add an impact player. However, a linebacker like NC State’s Terrell Manning could make an early contribution on the strong side.

Georgia’s Cordy Glenn seems like a perfect solution to the San Diego Chargers’ offensive line issues. He’s a versatile player who could play left tackle, right tackle or guard. Replacing players like Marcus McNeil, Kris Dielman and Jeromey Clary should be one the team’s top priorities. It’s also necessary to have a good backup option for Jared Gaither, who has a history of injuries.

The Kansas City Chiefs really need to add some mass along the defensive line. Memphis’ Dontari Poe possesses the size and strength needed to fill the Chiefs' nose-tackle hole. He’ll both occupy blockers and penetrate the pocket.

 

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