AFC Notes: Bengals, Chiefs, Colts, Jaguars, & Jets



  • Coley Harvey of ESPN expects the Bengals to take a “best player available” approach with their first-round pick, due to the fact that Cincinnati is returning nearly all of their starting lineup.
  • Harvey mentions that offensive tackle, defensive tackle, and wide receiver could be logical choices with the No. 21 overall pick.
  • Harvey lists Washington’s Danny Shelton, Texas’ Malcolm Brown, Oklahoma’s Jordan Phillips, Clemson’s Vic Beasley, Florida’s Dante Fowler, Nebraska’s Randy Gregory, and Kentucky’s Bud Dupree as defensive lineman the Bengals will consider drafting if they fall to No. 21.
  • Harvey could see the Bengals drafting Kansas State WR Tyler Lockett with their second-round pick, if he is still available at that time.


  • Adam Teicher of ESPN would not be shocked to see the Chiefs draft Georgia RB Todd Gurley, but overall cannot see it happening.
  • Teicher believes the Chiefs’ approach to the draft will be to provide depth at any position available.
  • Teicher views Wake Forest CB Kevin Johnson, Stanford OT Andrus Peat, Florida State C Cameron Erving and USC WR Nelson Agholor as players the Chiefs could consider at No. 18 overall.


  • Mike Wells of ESPN believes the Colts could possibly draft an offensive tackle in the first-round, due to the uncertainty surrounding RT Gosder Cherilus‘ knee and shoulder injuries.
  • Owner Jim Irsay said that safety and right tackle are positions the Colts “want to look at.”
  • Wells writes that the Colts would jump at the chance to draft Missouri’s Shane Ray or Nebraska’s Randy Gregory if they were to fall to their No. 29 overall pick. However, Wells views it as highly unlikely that they fall that far.


  • Mike DiRocco of ESPN believes the Jaguars starting running back for 2015 will come down to Denard Robinson or Toby Gerhart, unless Jacksonville is able to come away with Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon or Georgia’s Todd Gurley somehow.
  • While Mel Kiper and Todd McShay (Insider) have Clemson’s Vic Beasley falling to the Jaguars in the second round, DiRocco considers the odds of this happening to be “5 percent.
  • DiRocco writes that it makes sense for the Jaguars to select either Alabama’s Amari Cooper or West Virginia’s Kevin White, if the team believes they are true No. 1 receiver options.
  • Although DiRocco thinks the Jaguars will address the safety position through the draft, he does not seem them grabbing one in the early rounds of draft.
  • DiRocco anticipates the Jaguars will select a pass-rusher in the second round if they choose a receiver with the No. 3 overall pick. Likewise, if they choose a pass-rusher in the first round, he expects them to draft a receiver or running back in the second round.
  • Ultimately, DiRocco believes the Jaguars will select either USC DL Leonard Williams, Clemson DE Vic Beasley, or Florida OLB Dante Fowler with the No. 3 overall pick.
  • In the event the Jaguars select a wide receiver at three, DiRocco does not think the Jaguars will consider trading back into the first round, due to Jacksonville only having seven available draft picks.


  • Rich Cimini of ESPN views the Jets trading up to the No. 2 spot as a mistake because it would such a costly move. Although, Cimini mentions that it could make sense for them to swap picks with the Redskins at No. 5 and throw in third or fourth-round pick to get Mariota.
  • Cimini believes drafting Iowa OL Brandon Scherff at No. 6 would be a mistake, unless the team is convinced that he can become a Pro Bowl caliber offensive tackle.
  • Assuming Amari Cooper or Dante Fowler are not available at No. 6, Cimini could see the Jets trading down with a team that wants to select Kevin White.
  • According to Cimini, there is no chance of the Jets trading DE Muhammad Wilkerson on draft night, and instead expects a deal to eventually get done with the Jets.


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