AFC West: Chiefs benefit from Dorsey's slight fall
The Chiefs had a very solid draft, and it all started when DT Glenn Dorsey fell to them at No. 5, writes Bill Williamson.
Best moveThe Chiefs' choice of Dorsey at No. 5 was a brilliant move. The Chiefs were fortunate Dorsey was available. Earlier in the scouting process, many personnel people around the league thought Bill Parcells would jump on Dorsey with the No. 1 pick. If Dorsey, and not Jake Long, was the eventual choice of the Dolphins, no one would have scoffed. The only shock is that Dorsey fell so far.
Dorsey is a dominant defensive tackle. There is little chance he will be a bust. With Jared Allen being traded to Minnesota, the Chiefs needed a new face of their defense and now they have it. The Chiefs had a very nice draft, and it all started when Dorsey tumbled to them.
Riskiest moveThere is a strong chance McFadden will be a superstar and will help the Raiders immensely. He is a quality talent, but, yes, this pick is risky.
For all of his talent, some scouts are not sure if McFadden can carry the ball 20-25 times a game, and he had significant fumbling issues at Arkansas. And there are questions about his character, including a fight in January outside a bar in Arkansas. He wasn't charged.
Add the fact that the Raiders are stockpiled -- the exact words of coach Lane Kiffin on Thursday -- and could have used Dorsey more than McFadden, so this certainly classifies as a high-risk situation in Oakland.
Most surprising move
With no second-, third- or fourth-rounds picks, the Chargers were expected to trade out of the No. 27 pick to acquire more picks in the middle of the draft. But general manager A.J. Smith decided he would go for quality over quantity. On Sunday, he traded one of his remaining four picks in this year's draft and next year's second-rounder to New England to nab LSU tailback/fullback Jacob Hester with the No. 6 pick of the third round.
Leave it to Smith to reverse course and be aggressive. Hester will be a nice complement to starter LaDainian Tomlinson in the wake of Michael Turner's departure to Atlanta and the release of fullback Lorenzo Neal. The Chargers don't need much and they didn't get much this weekend. But Arizona cornerback Antoine Cason (the team's first-round pick) and Hester will make nice additions to an already-talented roster.
File it awayDenver scored big with Arizona State running back Ryan Torain. This is a great fit.
The Broncos know what they are doing when it comes to running backs. They make it work with just about anybody. That was abundantly evident the past two years when Mike Bell and Selvin Young, both undrafted, stood out as rookies. Now, it's Torain's turn.
Unlike Bell and Young, who came into the league as average players who benefited by fitting Denver's scheme, Torain has a ton of natural ability. At 6-feet, 220 pounds, he is rugged and his running style fits Denver's vaunted zone-blocking scheme.
The Broncos drafted him in the fifth round because he was injured much of last season. But he is healthy now, so expect him to immediately get a chance to run the ball in Mike Shanahan's offense.
Young and veteran Travis Henry are also in the mix, but watch for Torain to emerge as a legitimate running back in this system soon.
Bill Williamson covers the NFL for ESPN.com.
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