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Mock Draft Tracker 6.0: AFC West Edition

In order to serve all Chargers fans, Chargers.com has compiled a list of who some top draft pundits are projecting the Bolts will select with the 17th pick in the draft.

However, while the first five trackers focused on the Chargers, this time we take a look around the AFC West to see who top pundits believe our rivals will select:

DENVER BRONCOS – Fifth Overall

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr.:  QB Baker Mayfield – Oklahoma

What he says: "Count me among the people who believe the Broncos are still in for a quarterback at No. 5, even after signing Case Keenum to a two-year deal. That's a short-term commitment with only $25 million guaranteed, and Denver can't pass up a guy it thinks could be the face of its franchise for at least a decade. General manager John Elway was among the people in attendance at Mayfield's pro day on the first day of free agency. The 2017 Heisman Trophy winner put up huge numbers at Oklahoma, and he has moxie that NFL teams love. If Denver decides against a quarterback, Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson fills a major need."

ESPN's Todd McShay:  G Quenton Nelson – Notre Dame

What he says: "(With Denver landing Case Keenum), it needs significant help on the O-line, even after drafting offensive tackle Garett Bolles in the first round last year. Nelson had a terrific combine and is a plug-and-play, high-level starter. He's a guard, not a tackle, but he's also currently my second-ranked prospect in this class."

NFL.com's Lance Zierlein:  PROJECTED TRADE BACK FOR 12th AND 22nd SELECTIONS FROM BUFFALO

OT Mike McGlinchey – Notre Dame

What he says: "This feels like a little bit of a reach to me, but 2017 first-round OT Garett Bolles struggled at times last season. McGlinchey can play left or right tackle and is a quality run blocker."

CB Jaire Alexander – Louisville

What he says: "Denver lands a quick-twitch, competitive cornerback with the talent and ball skills to take over for the departed Aqib Talib."

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks:  CB Denzel Ward – Ohio State

What he says: "After trading away Aqib Talib, the Broncos fill the void by snagging the ultra-explosive Ward to join Bradley Roby and Chris Harris Jr. in the CB rotation."

NFL Network's Peter Schrager:  DE Bradley Chubb – North Carolina State

What he says: "Widely viewed as the top defensive player in this draft, Chubb and Von Miller could be a nasty duo to deal with for the next several seasons out in Denver. Purely a 'best player available' deal for John Elway here."

CBSSports.com's Chris Trapasso:  QB Josh Rosen – UCLA

What he says: "John Elway remained patient and got his quarterback of the future in Rosen. There is serious money tied up in Case Keenum, but if he's cut in 2019, he'll save the club $11 million. The Broncos are a true wild card in the top 5."

CBSSports.com's Will Brinson:  QB Josh Rosen – UCLA

What he says: "A stunned John Elway doesn't know what to do when the Dolphins make their move, so he's got to pull the trigger on the next best option, landing Rosen to pair with Case Keenum in a very awkward quarterback situation."

NFLDraftScout's Dane Brugler: QB Josh Allen – Wyoming

What he says: "The Broncos signed Case Keenum to be the short-term starter but that likely won't stop John Elway from finding a long-term answer if one is available with this pick. While his tape is streaky, Allen has an impressive physical skill-set with his size, arm and athleticism — kind of like Elway when he was an NFL prospect."

NFLDraftScout's Rob Rang: QB Sam Darnold – USC

What he says: "General manager John Elway is saying all of the right things about free agent addition Case Keenum, but he may have difficulty passing up the long-term potential of Darnold, whose thick frame, accuracy on the move and poise has earned comparisons by some scouts to the Hall of Famer."

Oakland Raiders – 10th Overall

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr:  LB Roquan Smith – Georgia

What he says: "This pick has been the same since Mock Draft 1.0 because Smith just makes sense as the new face of Jon Gruden's defense (with Khalil Mack, of course). Oakland's linebacker play was abysmal in 2017, and Smith is the type of sideline-to-sideline player that every defensive coordinator covets. Smith can play all three downs, and he also could pitch in and rush the passer."

ESPN's Todd McShay:  LB Roquan Smith – Georgia

What he says: "Oakland has needs all over on defense (CB, LB, edge rusher) and not enough available cap room to make huge upgrades in free agency. Smith would be a good building block for the Raiders' defense, as a rangy weakside linebacker with fast eyes and terrific closing speed. He's also a great leader and possesses tremendous football character."

NFL.com's Lance Zierlein:  DT Vita Vea – Washington

What he says: "The Raiders want to get bigger and better up the middle. Vea's ability to stuff the run with his massive frame and underrated quickness makes him a great fit."

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks:  LB Roquan Smith – Georgia

What he says: "The Raiders need more speed and playmaking ability on the second level of their defense. Smith is a sideline-to-sideline defender with outstanding instincts and awareness."

NFL Network's Peter Schrager:  LB Roquan Smith – Georgia

What he says: "Total playmaker against the run and pass. He was often the best player -- lack of size, be damned -- on the field in SEC games loaded with talent. The Raiders need defensive talent, and they need it in all areas."

CBSSports.com's Chris Trapasso:  LB Roquan Smith – Georgia

What he says: "Smith is somewhat of a throwback player at the linebacker position, and even with Tahir Whitehead in the mix, Jon Gruden can't pass on the Georgia star who has elite speed and coverage ability."

CBSSports.com's Will Brinson:  LB Roquan Smith – Georgia

What he says: "Jon Gruden wants to throw it back to 1998 so why not get a fast and punishing linebacker. Smith flying around the field in the silver and black would be a beautiful thing."

NFLDraftScout's Dane Brugler: DT Vita Vea – Washington

What he says: "The Raiders have one of the weakest interior defensive line units in the AFC and need to upgrade from the inside out on defense. At 340 pounds, Vea is a rare player with his power to handle double-teams and athleticism to chase down ball-carriers on the perimeter."

NFLDraftScout's Rob Rang: CB Denzel Ward – Ohio State

What he says: "Despite boasting a terrific 1-2 set of edge rushers in Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin, the Raiders featured one of the league's leakiest secondaries in 2017 and finished with an NFL-low five interceptions. Ward is a true cover corner, blanketing receivers due to his exceptional quickness and speed."

The Kansas City Chiefs do not own a first-round draft pick after trading it away to move up to select QB Patrick Mahomes in the 2017 NFL Draft.  As a result, they have not been included in Mock Drafts.

The opinions, analysis and/or speculation expressed above represent those of individual authors and do not represent the opinions or policies of the Chargers' organization, front office staff, coaches and executives.

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