AFC Rumors: Broncos, Chargers, Raiders

     

Broncos

  • Jason La Canfora doesn’t think Missouri QB Drew Lock falls out of round one and suggests the Broncos as a possible team to trade back into the latter portion of round one to select him. 
  • Todd McShay hears that the Broncos will not select a quarterback in round one. 
  • Instead, McShay mentions that Denver either takes TE T.J. Hockenson or Michigan ILB Devin Bush.
  • According to Troy Renck, Kansas State OL Dalton Risner makes sense for the Broncos if he’s available in the second round for his ability to play all five OL positions. 

Chargers

Chargers GM Tom Telesco told reporters that he expects Philip Rivers to be with the team for a while.

“Pretty happy with our quarterback room,” Telesco said, via Pro Football Talk. “But you have to [keep an open mind about drafting a quarterback]. . . .You always have to be looking toward the future. That’s just natural with where Philip is. But Philip had a career year last year, and he’s really showing no signs of descending. We’re very happy with Tyrod. We feel like we have two starting-level NFL quarterbacks, which is important for us right now. We have a good football team and now we have two quarterbacks we feel like we can win with, and we also have Cardale [Jones], who we still think has the developmental qualities we like a lot. So it’s a good group right now.”

  • Telesco said when asked him about the possibility of securing a developmental quarterback to groom behind Philip Rivers through trade (like Josh Rosen): “I would say that would be unlikely.” (Eric Williams)

Raiders

According to Ian Rapoport, the Raiders are expected to make a “major shakeup” to their scouting department after sending everyone home before the draft this weekend. 

Rapoport says most around the league expect a defensive player to be the pick at No. 4, with Kentucky DE Josh Allen and Houston DT Ed Oliver some of the main candidates. 

Rapoport also reports the Raiders are looking at a potential surprise pick that requires “absolute secrecy.”

“That is what I understand. A pick at No. 4 that we are not expecting,” Rapoport said via NFL Media’s Kevin Patra. “So what that actually is, I do not know. I have some thoughts. Maybe that’s (LSU LB) Devin White. Maybe it’s a quarterback like (Ohio State’s) Dwayne Haskins or (Oklahoma’s) Kyler Murray if he’s there. Maybe it’s an offensive lineman. No one has mocked them there — a tackle perhaps. But from what I understand it is a pick that should surprise us at 4.”

  • Rapoport mentioned Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins “wowed” the Raiders in his workout with the team. 
  • Florida LB Vosean Joseph visited the Raiders. (Rapoport)
  • Albert Breer reports that the Raiders had their scouts in town for the previous three and a half weeks before making the decision to send everyone home late last week.
  • Breer mentions that first-time GM Mike Mayock is clearly playing things close to the vest, given that he has three first-round picks and there were a lot of leaks from the Raiders last year.
  • According to Breer, some issues with the approach include the fact that the scouting department does the heavy lifting on college free agents. Beyond that, Mayock may have a tough time filling out a new scouting department as he would like it in year one, given that a lot of targets will be under contract with other teams.
  • Source have told Todd McShay that the Raiders likely stay at No. 4 overall and take an impact defensive lineman such as Quinnen Williams, Ed Oliver or possible even Devin White

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