AFC Notes: Chargers, Jets, Patriots, Raiders


Draft Workouts:

  • Maryland LB Jermaine Carter is visiting with Chargers next week. (Aaron Wilson)
  • Utah edge rusher Kylie Fitts is visited with the Chargers on Thursday. (Josh Norris)



Rich Cimini of ESPN ranks the Jets’ quarterback options in this year’s draft based on their fit as:

  1. Sam Darnold, USC
  2. Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
  3. Josh Rosen, UCLA
  4. Josh Allen, Wyoming


Patriots HC Bill Belichick explained Friday during a press conference that they do internal mock drafts just to simulate potential scenarios that could play out.

“Sometimes we do that, yeah. Sometimes we do that,” Belichick said, via “It’s really more of a — I’d say sometimes it just sparks a conversation. We might internally say, ‘OK, how about Player A and Player B? Player B and Player C. And if you did a mock draft where kind of each guy has a team and, ‘OK, it’s your turn. You pick this.’ And now you look at the board, it’s our turn to pick, and ‘gee, here’s a scenario we hadn’t really thought about.’ We hadn’t really pictured that this guy would be there.

“So, that kind of can stimulate some — again, we don’t know what the other teams are going to do. We don’t know what we’re going to do. Many of them probably don’t know what they’re going to do either. It depends on what happens in front of them. But, again, it’s just an exercise to just kind of complete the process of preparation. That’s the way it is on draft day too. There’s a lot of time you’re sitting there looking at players that, ‘I thought this player would be there, and he’s long gone.’ Or ‘I didn’t think this player would be there, and he’s still there.’

“One of the problems with that is if you haven’t done the work on a player, and he’s still there, then you really don’t know the player as well as you should, because if you thought he wouldn’t be there, that puts you in a little bit of a dilemma. You’re kind of in the unknown, which is where you don’t want to be. It’s hard enough when you think you know what you’re doing. It’s even harder when you’re kind of guessing. You just didn’t anticipate this. That’s kind of the perks of the mock draft. We don’t sit around and do it all day, but we do it as an exercise to kind of stimulate.

Here’s our latest two-round 2018 NFL Mock Draft.


  • Michael Gehlken reports that the Raiders are hosting a number of prospects at their local Pro Day including Stanford TE Dalton Schultz, San Jose State CB Andre Chachere, Cal DE James Looney, Stanford DB Quenton Meeks and Stanford OLB Peter Kalambayi.
  • Villanova CB Malik Reaves visited with the Raiders on Wednesday. (Michael Gehlken)

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