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Mock Draft Tracker 6.0: AFC West Edition

With the San Diego Chargers picking third in the 2016 NFL Draft, here are the most recent players selected number three overall.

Our first five Mock Draft Trackers solely focused who the Bolts are projected to take with the third overall pick. 

Now, we change course and take a look around the AFC West to see who draft experts project our division rivals to zero in on.

Denver Broncos (31st overall)

ESPN's Mel Kiper:  OT Jason Spriggs – Indiana

What he says: "Spriggs is a great athlete who will need a little developmental work but is the kind of guy who could thrive under Coach Gary Kubiak in this system."

ESPN's Todd McShay:  OT Jason Spriggs – Indiana

What he says: "Spriggs was one of the big winners in Indy. He's inconsistent on tape, but his size (just over 6-foot-5½) and athleticism (he crushed the short shuttle and 40 at the combine) make him an appealing prospect, especially in Denver's zone-blocking scheme. Adding depth up front will be one of the Broncos' top offseason priorities."

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah:  DT Chris Jones – Mississippi State

What he says: "He would be a nice replacement for Malik Jackson."

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks:  QB Paxton Lynch - Memphis

What he says: "If the Broncos fail to land Colin Kaepernick in a trade, John Elway could cast his eyes to the draft to grab his franchise quarterback of the future. Although Lynch needs some time to develop, the presence of Mark Sanchez gives the Broncos ample time to wait on the talented playmaker."

NFL.com's Charles Davis:  QB Paxton Lynch - Memphis

What he says: "Brock Osweiler's departure was a surprise, but John Elway made a move for Mark Sanchez to be a place holder while they work to develop this Osweiler lookalike (height/build)."

CBSSports.com's Rob Rang:  QB Paxton Lynch – Memphis

What he says: "John Elway reacted quickly to Osweiler's surprise signing in Houston by trading for Mark Sanchez, but the Broncos are likely to re-invest at quarterback on draft day with Trevor Siemian the only other quarterback on the roster. The 6-7, 244-pound Lynch bears a striking resemblance to the 6-8, 240-pound Osweiler. Surprisingly athletic and boasting a live arm, Lynch has first-round upside but he's viewed by most as a project and therefore may "slip" lower on draft day than some of his hype suggests. He might be the perfect project, however, for Coach Gary Kubiak to develop."

CBSSports.com's Dane Brugler:  DT Robert Nkemdiche – Ole Miss

What he says: "With Malik Jackson now in Jacksonville, the Broncos will be looking for new beef at the grocery store. Nkemdiche has his red flags, but he is one of the best talents in this draft class."

CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco:  DT Jarran Reed – Alabama

What he says: "They lost Malik Jackson, so why not add a power inside player to take his place? Reed is far more athletic than I expected."

Kansas City Chiefs (28th overall)

ESPN's Mel Kiper:  DL Jarran Reed – Alabama

What he says: "The Chiefs need to add impact talent on the interior of the defensive line, and I'm not sure there's a player who is consistently better at stopping the run than Reed. He would be a good get here."

ESPN's Todd McShay:  DT Chris Jones – Mississippi State

What he says: "With so many key defenders set to be free agents, the Chiefs' focus with this pick could change greatly over the coming months. Kansas City could gamble on LB Jaylon Smith here, who is one of the most talented players in this class but suffered a significant injury at the worst time. Jones comes with risk too. He plays with an inconsistent motor, and there's some concern about his overall work ethic. But his freakish combination of length, strength and straight-line burst gives him a high ceiling."

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah:  CB William Jackson III - Houston

What he says: "Jackson is one my favorite players in the draft and he would be great replacement for Sean Smith."

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks:  CB William Jackson III - Houston

What he says: "The Chiefs need another long, rangy cover corner with superb ball skills to match up with their pass-happy AFC West rivals. Jackson is a versatile cover corner with terrific instincts and awareness."

NFL.com's Charles Davis:  CB William Jackson III - Houston

What he says: "You don't want to draft strictly for need, but with the loss of Sean Smith in free agency, KC hopes that Jackson has a similar rookie season to last year's top pick, Marcus Peters."

CBSSports.com's Rob Rang:  CB William Jackson III - Houston

What he says: "After losing Sean Smith to the division-rival Raiders, the Chiefs have a huge hole at cornerback opposite rookie Pro Bowler Marcus Peters. Scouts have some reservations about the level of competition Jackson faced at Houston after transferring in from a junior college, but his combination of length, speed and awareness of the ball in coverage stand out on tape, making him a potentially ideal complement to Peters."

CBSSports.com's Dane Brugler:  CB William Jackson III - Houston

What he says: "With Sean Smith signing with the Raiders, the Chiefs will be open to drafting a cornerback in the early rounds. With his size, speed and press-man skills, Jackson fits the mold for what Kansas City seeks at the position."

CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco:  OT Taylor Decker – Ohio State

What he says: "He would bring them some versatility since he's played tackle and looks like he could move inside to guard if needed. They lost guard Jeff Allen and tackle Donald Stephenson in free agency."

Oakland Raiders (14th Overall)

ESPN's Mel Kiper:  CB Eli Apple – Ohio State

What he says: "A high-upside cornerback with size, Apple might deal with some growing pains, but he's an impressive combination of size, athleticism and natural gifts for the position."

ESPN's Todd McShay:  CB Eli Apple – Ohio State

What he says: "A true 6-foot-1 and 199 pounds, Apple has the size NFL teams covet in their corners. He played a lot of press-man coverage at Ohio State and has the speed (4.40 40-yard dash at the combine) to turn and run with faster wideouts. Apple still needs to refine his ball skills, but there's a lot to like about his raw skill set."

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah:  OT Jack Conklin – Michigan St

What he says: "After signing Kelechi Osemele, the Raiders add another physical, tough blocker in Conklin."

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks:  DT Sheldon Rankins - Louisville

What he says: "The Raiders could opt for a CB1 at this spot, but the opportunity to add an energetic interior rusher to a front line that features Khalil Mack, Bruce Irvin and Mario Edwards, Jr., would make the unit downright scary."

NFL.com's Charles Davis:  DT Jarran Reed – Alabama

What he says: "The Raiders struck gold last year with a first-round WR from Alabama in Amari Cooper. They go back to the same campus for a DT that stuffs the run, and will provide good pressure inside."

CBSSports.com's Rob Rang:  CB Vernon Hargreaves - Florida

What he says: "Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie deserves a lot of credit for drafting Khalil Mack, Amari Cooper and Derek Carr over the past two years, but his initial first round pick - cornerback D.J. Hayden - hasn't fared as well, which is among the reasons why Oakland signed Sean Smith away from the Kansas City Chiefs in free agency. With Hayden entering the final year of his rookie deal in 2016, the Raiders could already be looking for depth. Hargreaves, a three-time All-SEC choice, is a scrappy playmaker with 10 career interceptions."

CBSSports.com's Dane Brugler:  ILB Reggie Ragland - Alabama

What he says: "Oakland addressed cornerback (Sean Smith) and pass rusher (Bruce Irving) in free agency, but is still in need of a thumping middle linebacker, which makes Ragland an ideal fit."

CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco:  CB Mackenzie Alexander - Clemson

What he says: "They added Sean Smith in free agency, but you can never have enough cover players. Alexander is smaller, but he can play good man coverage."

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