Los Angeles Times

AFC West


Denver has its temporary answer at quarterbac­k in Joe Flacco, but it’s possible the Broncos take a quarterbac­k with the 10th pick. They need a tight end too, and a defensive tackle who can fortify the middle of a front that features edge rushers Von Miller and Bradley Chubb. Everybody can use corners, especially in the high-flying AFC West.

Kansas City has its star quarterbac­k in Patrick Mahomes, but the Chiefs need to retool on defense under new coordinato­r Steve Spagnuolo. Trading for Seattle’s Clark was big, and now the team needs to upgrade its secondary. Speedy receiver Tyreek Hill is facing off-the-field legal issues, so the Chiefs might look to land a scorching receiver in an early round.

The Chargers are coming off a terrific season and couldn’t be happier with their firstround pick from a year ago, safety Derwin James. They need to get stronger up the middle on defense, and this could be the year they select a quarterbac­k who can learn at the elbow of Philip Rivers. General manager Tom Telesco has done a great job of finding talent late in the draft.

The Oakland

Raiders have three selections in the first round and four in the top 35. They need help — on defense, at running back and maybe at quarterbac­k. There’s a good chance they will use their No. 4 pick on a pass rusher, whichever topshelf one falls to them, but there’s always a chance they package picks to move up.

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