We are at the final division in the AFC with the AFC West, but did we save the best for last? The West is totally up for grabs, it is anyone's division. You might think that the San Diego Chargers are in the lead for this division, but I believe that the Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning will take the realm. I believe that Manning will change this division around again, and make it a threatened division once again. People should fear your division and with guys like Peyton Manning, Phillip Rivers and Carson Palmer in the division, big things can happen. I really like what the teams have done, but what players did they draft will be impact players? Find out here, after the jump.
San Diego Chargers - Ladarius Green, TE, Louisiana - Lafayette, Green to me was the best pass catching pure athletic tight end, yes even better than Coby Fleener. Green will be the replacement of Antonio Gates, and I believe he will begin getting reps early. Green has good speed and reminds me of a better Aaron Hernandez type of player. I think Green has better hands then Hernandez and is able to cover more ground. This is a small school prospect that should have been picked up way before the 4th round. He will be a very key role player to Phillip Rivers and the Chargers offense. So make sure you are keeping a close eye on the Ragin-Cajun.
Oakland Raiders - Juron Criner, WR, Arizona, I was a fan of Criner coming out of Arizona, because of his big body frame and his skills at getting separation. The 6'3 wide out has been very impressive in practices so far, and I know someone is going to have to step up to the plate opposite of Denarius Moore and Jacoby Ford. They need a second wide out and Louis Murphy and Darrius Heyward-Bey have both kind of falling down the charts. Look for Criner to climb the depth chart during preseason. If Criner can take over the reigns at the number 2 receiver or at least crack the field on 5 receiver sets, he could be a very valuable player for the Raiders.
Kansas City Chiefs - Devon Wylie, WR, Fresno State, the speedy wide receiver will make a name for himself on kick and punt returns as well as being a gunner, but I really like this kids heart. You cannot knock the kid for the passion he has. He is very hungry and wants to make an immediate impact for the Chiefs. With a pretty thin receiver core, Wylie could eventually taking over the slot role, in which he could blow up. He has the skills to be a Wes Welker type of wide receiver for the Chiefs. They will need him to step up in the return game, and he could be a bright spot the way Dante' Hall was back in the day.
Denver Broncos - Ronnie Hillman, RB, San Diego State, Hillman is a scat back type of player, who I am very high on. He looks like a younger Ladanian Tomlinson, and could be a steal pick for the Broncos. With Willis McGahee getting older in age, look for the speedster to come in and take reps away from the veteran. Hillman is a very sure handed running back who can catch from out the backfield as well as hit a hole and exploit a defense. This division is up in the air this year, and with Peyton Manning now in the division, Broncos could easily win the West. The problem is going to be if the Broncos can get a running game going. They will not be able to just rely on Peyton slinging the rock.