A look at the Broncos’, Raiders’ and Chargers’ first-round selections

05/09/2014 6:47 PM

05/09/2014 7:50 PM

While the Chiefs and their fans spent Friday afternoon getting to know defensive end Dee Ford, their 23rd overall selection out of Auburn, fellow AFC West teams were welcoming newcomers of their own.

Here’s a look at the guys drafted by Denver, Oakland and San Diego in round one on Thursday, and how each aqcuisition figures to impact the Chiefs.


• Who they picked:

Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State.

• When he was taken:

31st overall, second-to-last pick in the opening round.

• You should know:

Denver coach John Fox describes All-Big Ten cornerback Bradley Roby as having “great ability, great speed, great quickness, great athleticism.” He’s physical and fast – he ran a 4.39 time in the 40-yard dash at the NFL combine.

Roby describes himself this way: “I’m not a bad guy.”

The Ohio State star had a couple of run-ins with the law that might have hurt his draft stock but didn’t scare away the Denver Broncos.

Roby was suspended for the Buckeyes’ first game last season after being accused of getting in a bar fight. Criminal charges in that case were eventually dismissed. And he recently resolved a citation for operating a vehicle while under the influence by pleading guilty to a reduced charge, his agent, Michael Perrett, said in a statement to Pro Football Talk.

General manager John Elway said those transgressions helped the big fourth-year cornerback slide down the draft board enough for the AFC champs to grab him with the penultimate pick in the NFL draft Thursday night.

Roby started 36 games for the Buckeyes after redshirting his freshman year. He broke up three dozen passes and collected eight interceptions.

In Denver, he joins an already solid group of cornerbacks that includes free agent acquisition Aqib Talib and Chris Harris Jr.

“We thought he was a top-15 talent,” Elway said. “So, that’s why we’re thrilled to get him at 31.”


• Who they picked:

Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo.

• When he was taken:

Fifth overall in the opening round.

• You should know:

While Mack is listed as a linebacker, his primary responsibility in Oakland will be rushing the passer.

At 6-foot-3, 251 pounds, Raiders coach Dennis Allen compared Mack to Von Miller, the second overall selection out of Texas A when Allen was defensive coordinator in Denver in 2011.

Mack has also been compared to Green Bay outside linebacker Clay Matthews, who was drafted by the Packers when McKenzie was a personnel executive.

Mack started 48 games at Buffalo, with 28.5 sacks, 75 tackles for losses and an NCAA career record of 16 forced fumbles. It helped that Mack was dominant against Ohio State in the season opener in 2013 with 2.5 sacks, nine tackles and a 45-yard interception return for a touchdown.

“It had to do very well for my stock — just knowing the stage it was on, knowing it was the first game of the year and they were ranked so high, it benefited me a lot,” Mack said.

Jadaveon Clowney, the No. 1 overall pick by Houston out of South Carolina, was generally considered the top defensive player available, but Mack had his supporters — NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock among them. Mack said at the NFL scouting combine he indeed considered himself No. 1.

Still does, as a matter of fact.

“I think that I am, but even then I’m at the point now where I’m tired of talking and I want to go out and start proving a little bit if this stuff everybody’s been talking about. I can’t wait. I cannot wait.”


• Who they picked:

Jason Verrett, CB, TCU.

• When he was taken:

25th overall in the opening round.

• You should know:

Just 5-foot-9 and 189 pounds, Verrett played much of last season with a shoulder injury but was still good enough to share Big 12 defensive player of the year honors. He had two interceptions and 14 deflections.

Verrett said he plays bigger by “just moving my feet and playing a lot smarter on the field. I played against a lot of guys 6-2, 6-3. I didn’t try to get my hands on them too much, but once the ball’s in the air, definitely being a competitor.”

The Chargers, who like the Chiefs and Raiders have to face Peyton Manning and the Broncos twice each year, had one of the most porous pass defenses last season.

Said coach Mike McCoy: “Size doesn’t matter to (Verrett). He’s a tough, physical football player.”

Verrett, who is expected to start opposite Shareece Wright, said he’s confident he’s good enough to play on the outside.

“I felt I showed the versatility on the college level, being able to play the slot and also being able to play on the outside,” Verrett said. “I want to carry that over to the next level and make plays out there.”

Verrett had nine interceptions and 35 deflections during his TCU career.

“He’s tough and he plays big,” general manager Tom Telesco said.

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