The Fillability Index: AFC West

Cold, Hard Football Facts for May 08, 2006



Below is the Fillability Index grade for each AFC West team's 2006 draft. Read more about the Fillability Index to find out why it's a superior form of post-draft analysis.
 
 
DENVER (13-3)
Fillability grade: C
Total O
Score O
Rush O
Pass O
Total D
Score D
Rush D
Pass D
5
7
2
18
15
3
2
29
 
There is an argument to be made that Denver's 29th-ranked pass defense was deceiving. The Broncos allowed opponents to complete just 56.1 percent of their passes, third best in the NFL last year. And with a 13-3 record and one of the best running attacks in football, Denver often built early leads and forced opponents to pass to play catch-up. Still, pass defense was the most glaring weakness on a very solid team, and the Broncos did little to fortify it. They failed to draft a single defensive back or linebacker, though they did grab LB Nate Webster from Cincy in free agency. 
 
Denver instead turned its attention to the only other "weak" part of its team, its passing game. Its first three picks, and four of its first five, were devoted to improving the passing attack. But as was the case with its pass defense, trolls wonder if the passing offense was as bad as its No. 18 ranking would have you believe. Only seven teams attempted fewer passes since the Broncos pummeled defenses on the ground, while quarterback Jake Plummer had the best season of his career.
 
Denver's 2006 picks:
Round 1 (11) – QB Jay Cutler, 6-3, 225, Vanderbilt
Round 2 (61) – TE Tony Scheffler, 6-5, 255, Western Michigan
Round 4 (119) – WR Brandon Marshall, 6-4, 230, Central Florida
Round 4 (126) – DE Elvis Dumervil, 5-11, 258, Louisville
Round 4 (130) – WR Domenik Hixon, 6-2, 210, Akron
Round 5 (161) – G Chris Kuper, 6-4, 302, North Dakota
Round 6 (198) – C Greg Eslinger, 6-3, 291, Minnesota
 
KANSAS CITY (10-6)
Fillability grade: B+
Total O
Score O
Rush O
Pass O
Total D
Score D
Rush D
Pass D
1
6
4
6
25
16
7
30
 
As we noted before the draft, Kansas City is one of those organizations that has become institutionally one-dimensional. With its first two picks devoted to defense – the second some oh-so-needed help in the defensive backfield – the Chiefs made a serious effort to rectify that situation. In fact, three of their seven picks were cornerbacks and safeties who should help solidify the weak link in an otherwise solid chain of talent. Kansas City also picked up potential sleeper-type QB Brodie Croyle in the third round to replace effective but rapidly aging quarterback Trent Green. He'll be 36 when the season kicks off, which makes him one of the oldest players in the league.
 
Kansas City's 2006 picks:
Round 1 (20) – DE Tamba Hali, 6-3, 275, Penn State
Round 2 (54) – S Bernard Pollard, 6-2, 223, Purdue
Round 3 (85) – QB Brodie Croyle, 6-3, 204, Alabama
Round 5 (154) – CB Marcus Maxey, 6-2, 197, Miami
Round 6 (186) – G Tre' Stallings, 6-3, 315, Mississippi
Round 6 (190) – WR Jeff Webb, 6-2, 201, San Diego State
Round 7 (228) – S Jarrad Page, 6-0, 220, UCLA
 
OAKLAND (4-12)
Fillability grade: B+
Total O
Score O
Rush O
Pass O
Total D
Score D
Rush D
Pass D
21
23
29
10
27
25
25
18
 
With huge divots dug out of every statistical fairway in Oakland except in the passing game, the Raiders essentially assured themselves a high Fillability score by opting not to take a quarterback. In fact, we were shocked when the Leisure-Suit Lothario resisted the urge to grab Matt Leinart with his first-round pick and instead drafted the top defensive back on the board. That took every ounce of Al Davis's shriveled stones. The Raiders also beefed up their inept offensive line by devoting three of their seven draft picks to a center, guard and tackle. Thomas Howard, meanwhile, was the fastest linebacker in the draft and can only help one of the worst defenses in the league.
 
Oakland's 2006 picks:
Round 1 (7) – S Michael Huff, 6-0, 203, Texas
Round 2 (38) – OLB Thomas Howard, 6-3, 240, UTEP
Round 3 (69) – G Paul McQuistan, 6-6, 313, Weber State
Round 4 (101) – S Darnell Bing, 6-2, 228, USC
Round 6 (176) – T Kevin Boothe, 6-5, 315, Cornell
Round 7 (214) – C Chris Morris, 6-3, 300, Michigan State
Round 7 (255) – WR Kevin McMahan, 6-2, 195, Maine
 
SAN DIEGO (9-7)
Fillability grade: B
Total O
Score O
Rush O
Pass O
Total D
Score D
Rush D
Pass D
10
5
9
12
13
13
1
28
 
San Diego had one weakness so glaring even Ray Charles could have seen it in a heroin-filled haze: The Chargers sucked on pass defense. They've picked up a pair of defensive backs in free agency (Marlon McCree from Carolina and Ray Walls from Arizona) and then grabbed one of the top cornerbacks in the draft with their first-round selection. Following the confusing Drew Brees-Philip Rivers dual-quarterback soap opera over the past two years, and the offseason signing of professional backup A.J. Feeley, snaring a QB in the third round was a curious selection. The Chargers also brought in help for their QB(s?) in the form of three draftees along the offensive line.
 
San Diego's 2006 picks:
Round 1 (19) – CB Antonio Cromartie, 6-2, 207, Florida State
Round 2 (50) – T Marcus McNeill, 6-7, 337, Auburn
Round 3 (81) – QB Charlie Whitehurst, 6-5, 222, Clemson
Round 5 (151) – ILB Tim Dobbins, 6-1, 247, Iowa State
Round 6 (187) – T Jeromey Clary, 6-6, 304, Kansas State
Round 6 (188) – K Kurt Smith, 6-0, 181, Virginia
Round 7 (225) – DT Chase Page, 6-4, 286, North Carolina
Round 7 (227) – C Jimmy Martin 6-4, 303, Virginia Tech
 
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