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AFC West Update: Denver Broncos Sign Veteran Running Back, Breaking Down The NFL Draft


The 2017 NFL Draft is in the books, and for the teams in the AFC West, Rookie Minicamp is just around the corner.

It's been a busy week around the NFL, from draft day trades, to big free agent signings across the board, so let's take a look at the latest happenings around the division.


Denver Broncos

Adrian Peterson set the avalanche for veteran running backs in motion last week after he signed with the New Orleans Saints. From there, the Silver and Black acquired Marshawn Lynch, but "Beast Mode" no longer the newest running back to join the ranks of the AFC West, as the Denver Broncos have just signed free agent running back Jamaal Charles.

Charles – who spent the first nine seasons of his career with the Kansas City Chiefs – will now join new head coach Vance Joseph and Co., on a one-year deal, adding some depth to the Denver backfield.

"I always wanted to play with Denver," said Charles per Aric DiLalla of "Growing up, [Executive Vice President of Football Operations/GM] John Elway was my favorite player. I just like the environment, the team and the organization. I wanted to be a part of it. I still feel like I can still play ball. I can keep up with the young people."

The four-time Pro Bowler will serve as an intriguing addition to a Broncos offense that was paced on the ground by Devontae Booker in 2016, and when healthy, Charles is one of the more explosive players in the NFL.

The veteran running back isn't the only player the Broncos added as of late; you can check out their full draft class, below.

Round 1 (No. 20 overall) - T Garett Bolles, Utah

Round 2 (No. 51 overall) - DE DeMarcus Walker, Florida State

Round 3 (No. 82 overall) - WR Carlos Henderson, Louisiana Tech

Round 5 (No. 145 overall) - TE Jake Butt, Michigan

Round 6 (No. 203 overall) - RB De'Angelo Henderson, Coastal Carolina

Round 7 (No. 253 overall) - QB Chad Kelly, Ole Miss


Kansas City Chiefs

While the Chiefs still have the more-than-capable Alex Smith under center, it certainly looks like they now have their quarterback of the future on the roster with rookie Patrick Mahomes II.

Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey – in a somewhat surprising move on Draft Day – moved up 17 spots in the first round to select the gunslinger out of Texas Tech No. 10 overall.

Mahomes is admittedly a raw talent, but if all goes to plan, the Chiefs won’t have to rush the rookie quarterback into action before he's ready.

While Mahomes may be the marquee player from the Chiefs 2017 draft class, Dorsey also selected five other players as well.

Their full draft class is listed below.

Round 1 (No. 10 overall) - QB Patrick Mahomes II, Texas Tech

Round 2 (No. 59 overall) - DE Tanoh Kpassagnon, Villanova

Round 3 (No. 86 overall) - RB Karemm Hunt, Toledo

Round 4 (No. 139 overall) - WR Jehu Chesson, Michigan

Round 5 (No. 183 overall) - LB Ukeme Eligwe, Georgia Southern

Round 6 (No. 218 overall) S Leon McQuay III, USC


Los Angeles Chargers

The Los Angeles Chargers have their quarterback, now they want to surround him with some weapons.

Since entering the league in 2004, Philip Rivers has been the guiding force of the Chargers offense, and even with wide receiver Keenan Allen presumably back in the fold in 2017, the team was looking to add some more playmakers to the offensive side of the football.

Enter Mike Williams.

After a standout career at Clemson – punctuated by a National Championship – the dynamic wide receiver was selected by the Bolts No. 7 overall in last week's draft.

Williams provides Rivers yet another explosive option out wide, and just like Jamaal Charles with the Broncos, if all the key players stay healthy in 2017, the Chargers offense could prove to be a potent one.

The Chargers entire seven-man draft class can be viewed below.

Round 1 (No. 7 overall) - WR Mike Williams, Clemson

Round 2 (No. 38 overall) - OG Forrest Lamp, Western Kentucky

Round 3 (No. 71 overall) - OG Dan Feeney, Indiana

Round 4 (No. 113 overall) - S Rayshawn Jenkins, Miami

Round 5 (No. 151 overall) - S Desmond King, Iowa

Round 6 (No. 190 overall) - OT Sam Tevi, Utah

Round 7 (No. 225 overall) - DT Isaac Rochell, Notre Dame

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