Reviewing How the AFC West Drafted

The 2015 NFL Draft is in the books for the Raiders as well as the rest of the NFL. How did the AFC West draft and what new players did the individual teams add?

Denver Broncos:

OLB Shane Ray 1(23) via trade w/Detroit –John Elway and the Broncos moved up the draft board to No. 23 overall to select Missouri OLB Shane Ray. Ray, who enjoyed a decorated career as a Tiger, was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year in 2014 as well as a unanimous All-American selection, but saw his draft stock fall because of off-the-field issues. 

OL Ty Sambrailo 2(59) –The Broncos second round draft pick won't be traveling far to begin his NFL career. Sambrailo played his college football at Colorado State, just an hour outside Denver. During his senior campaign in 2014, Sambrailo started 11 games and was voted first team All-Mountain West by coaches and the media.

TE Jeff Heuerman 3(92) –QB Peyton Manning received another offensive gift with the selection of TE Jeff Heuerman in the third round. Heuerman played four years at Ohio State, capping his collegiate career as a member of the 2015 National Championship team. He was voted co-captain by his teammates in 2014 and was also named a second team All-Big Ten selection.

The rest of the class:

4(133) – OL Max Garcia, Florida

5(164) – CB Lorenzo Doss, Tulane

6 (203) – DT Darius Kilgo, Maryland

7(250) – QB Trevor Siemian, Northwestern

7(251) – DB Taurean Nixon, Tulane

7(252) – DB Josh Furman Oklahoma State

Kansas City Chiefs:

CB Marcus Peters 1(18) –Arguably the best cornerback in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Chiefs added some talent to their secondary with the selection of University of Washington CB Marcus Peters in the first round. Peters excelled during his career at UW, being named to the's Midseason All-America Team in 2014 and the second-team All-Pac-12 team in 2013.

OL Mitch Morse 2(49) –Standing at 6'5" and tipping the scales at 305 pounds, Morse boasts the prototypical size for an NFL offensive lineman. Strength also shouldn't be an issue for the former Missouri Tiger as he completed 36 reps of the bench press at the NFL Scouting Combine.

DB Steven Nelson 3(98) –The Chiefs returned to the Pacific Northwest for their third-round selection, picking up Oregon State DB Steven Nelson. During his career in Corvallis, Nelson appeared in 25 games and totaled eight interceptions.

The rest of the class:

4(118) – ILB Ramik Wilson, Georgia

5(172) – LB DJ Alexander, Oregon State

5(173) – TE James O'Shaughnessy, Illinois State

6(217) – DT Rakeem Nunez-Roches, Southern Miss

7(233) – WR Da'Ron Brown, Northern Illinois


San Diego Chargers:**

RB Melvin Gordon 1(15) –The Chargers selected dynamic running back Melvin Gordon with their first pick in the Draft. Saying Gordon was productive in college would be an understatement as the former Wisconsin Badger rushed for 4,915 yards and 45 touchdowns – including 29 during his senior year.

ILB Denzel Perryman 2(48) –Chargers GM Tom Telesco added depth to the San Diego linebacking corps by selecting Miami ILB Denzel Perryman in the second round. During his time at Miami, Perryman earned numerous awards, including first team All-ACC (2013, 14) as well as a Butkus Award finalist (2013, 14).

CB Craig Mager 3(83) –The Bolts continued their defensive trend in the third round, selecting Texas State cornerback Craig Mager. Mager had an impressive 2014 and was named second team All-Sun Belt Conference after tallying three interceptions and 10 passes defensed.

The rest of the class:

5(153) – OLB, Kyle Emanuel, North Dakota State

6(192) – DT, Darius Philon Arkansas

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