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AFC West roundup: Denver Broncos’ rivals make an impact with their Day 3 draft selections

Day 3 concludes with the Chiefs, Chargers and Raiders all making a draft impact.

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Kansas City Chiefs:

Round 6, Pick 29: South Carolina CB Rashad Fenton (No. 201 overall) -

The 5-foot-11 193-pound prospect out of Miami isn’t afraid to scrap and will get physical with receivers early on. He’s got no problem breaking up passes at high catch points and uses his length to his advantage. Fenton anticipates routes well and can peel off routes to make plays similar to Aqib Talib. Also skilled in the open field and as a kick returner.

Round 6, Pick 42: Utah State RB Darwin Thompson (No. 214 overall) -

Former St. Louis Rams’ running back David Thompson’s nephew, young Darwin, has shown flashes of brilliance in his short time at Utah State. Thompson rushed for 1,044 yards and 14 touchdowns on just 153 carries in 13 games in 2018. Thompson’s mindset is eerily similar to former Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt. Expect Thompson to pick up right where Hunt left off, going to work early and often in between the tackles despite his diminutive stature.

Round 7, Pick 2: Illinois offensive lineman Nick Allegretti (No. 216 overall) -

The 6-foot-4, 320-pound center adds depth and competition along the Chiefs’ zone-heavy offensive line. A two-time captain for Illinois, Allegretti provides insurance as the Chiefs look to reload at center after veteran Mitch Morse left for Buffalo via free agency.

Oakland Raiders:

Round 4 Pick 4: Eastern Michigan edge rusher Maxx Crosby (No. 106 overall) -

Damon ‘Snacks’ Harrison calls Maxx Crosby the sleeper of the 2019 NFL draft. Crosby draws comparisons to ‘white walkers’ from Game of Thrones with his long limbs and high motor. Crosby is chippy and thrives under pressure, traits that add to his high ceiling as an NFL prospect.

Round 4, Pick 27: Houston CB Isaiah Johnson (No. 129 overall) -

The senior corner out of Bryan, TX runs a 4.4 unofficial 40 yard-dash time, and comes with the typical Oakland Raiders speed you would expect in the draft. Johnson is a former track star, and notorious for his pass breakups, as he led the Cougars with seven of them in 2018.

Round 4, Pick 35: LSU TE Foster Moreau (No. 137 overall) -

A hometown hero at LSU, Moreau brings toughness to the tight end position in Oakland that the Raiders got used to in 2018 with the likes of Jared Cook. Moreau is the hard worker that just won’t go away, and will be hard for the Raiders to ignore when sorting out their final depth chart for the 2019 regular season.

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Round 5, Pick 11: Clemson WR Hunter Renfrow (No. 149 overall) -

A personal favorite of mine, Renfrow is an outstanding athlete at only 5-foot-10 and 184 pounds, Renfrow draws comparisons to Wes Welker and Antonio Brown when it comes to his craftiness and ability to find open space. The bloodline is there (Renfrow is the third college football player in his family) as well as the championship-winning background (two titles at Clemson). Renfrow was also a walk-on, and carries a chip on his shoulder.

Round 7, Pick 16: Quinton Bell edge rusher Prairie View A&M (No. 230 overall) -

Bell will be a shot in the dark for the Raiders, after playing WR for three seasons at Prairie View A&M before being converted to an edge rusher. 7.5 sacks and 10 tackles for loss in his senior year in 2018 and Bell is now on an NFL roster. Bell is rare. A gifted athlete with some twitch in his game. This seems like a Mayock long-shot, but one worth taking for the Raiders.

Los Angeles Chargers:

Round 4 Pick 28 (130 overall): Drue Tranquill LB Notre Dame -

The 6-foot-2, 234-pound senior out of Fort Wayne, Indiana, has size, skill and aggression. Traits that stud defenders Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram also possess. Tranquill was brought in to get the motor going and stalk opposing backs from sideline to sideline.

Round 5, Pick 28 (No. 166 overall): Easton Stick QB North Dakota State -

Stick is savvy and skilled. His light feet (4.62 40 yard-dash at the combine) make him a threat on the ground as well as through the air, and his natural athleticism cannot be denied. Stick is short with a weak arm, but also out to prove he’s not just an RPO quarterback.

Round 6, Pick 28 (No. 200 overall) Emeke Egbule LB Houston -

The senior out of Galena Park, Texas, has shown high upside and low consistency. Egbule is a stat-stuffer in all categories, and should remind Chargers fans of Junior Seau the way he flies around.

Round 7, Pick 28 (No. 242 overall) Cortez Broughton DT Cincinnati -

The final pick for the Chargers in 2019, Broughton brings energy and excitement to a Chargers defensive line that got run over by the New England Patriots in the playoffs last season. Broughton can do it all but may not be particularly outstanding at doing any one thing in particular.


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