Offseason Moves and Draft Needs: AFC West

Offseason Moves and Draft Needs: AFC West

By Matt Williamson (Matt Williamson), last update Apr 19, 2019

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Matt Williamson began his football career as the Recruiting Assistant at the University of Pittsburgh, helping recruit such players as Larry Fitzgerald, Joe Flacco and Darrelle Revis while appearing in three straight bowl games from 2001 to 2003. From there, Matt moved on to become the Director of Football Operations at the University of Akron and was quickly hired as a scout for the Cleveland Browns. After Williamson’s time in the NFL, he was an NFL Analyst for ESPN for 10 years, focusing on NFL and co-hosting the Football Today podcast. Williamson now works for a multitude of websites doing scouting work for the NFL and fantasy football alike. He is the host of the Locked On NFL Podcast and co-hosts the Dynasty Blueprint with Ryan McDowell. 2019 will mark Williamson’s 19th full time season in the football business.

In the fourth article in this eight-part series detailing offseason moves and draft needs, I will be examining the AFC West with an emphasis on dynasty leagues.

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Denver Broncos

What Changed

Denver was active before free agency even began by trading for Joe Flacco and then subsequently shipping Case Keenum to Washington. An under the radar move that absolutely shouldn’t be ignored was the Broncos hiring of Mike Munchak to coach their offensive line. There will be immediate positive results from Munchak. The Broncos also enforced this position by signing Ja’Wuan James to a huge contract. While James is unlikely to live up to his salary, you would have to think that the Broncos finally have their right tackle situation figured out. There wasn’t much of a change at the skill position spots, however.

The Impact

Is Flacco for Keenum an upgrade? Most likely and this scheme and new surroundings could do Flacco a world of good, but don’t expect a huge jump in production from Denver’s quarterback position. Still, to some degree, this helps the Broncos receivers, at least for the short term. Better line play is certainly a help to all.

What To Expect

John Elway might look to this draft to find his quarterback of future. But maybe more likely—and his recent offseason moves suggest this—the Broncos are looking to win now with Flacco running the show. Maybe quarterback needs to wait a year. The offensive line could use more young reinforcements and it isn’t out of the question for Denver to add another wideout. But it is the tight end that should be Elway’s top offensive area to address in this draft and could even go that direction in the first round. This would be a fantastic dynasty landing spot for one of the draft’s top tight ends.

Kansas City Chiefs

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