NFL Draft Winners & Losers | AFC West Odds

In the latest of our analysis of the NFL Draft. We look at who’s in and who’s out across the AFC West Division teams. Plus, we’ll compare the DraftKings’ odds swing between pre-draft and current Super Bowl odds to decide are the winners and losers of the NFL Draft.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes

Kansas City Chiefs

Division Odds: -400

Pre-Draft Super Bowl 55 odds: +600

Current Super Bowl 55 odds: +600

Chiefs’ Ins/OutsPlayers
Key Re-signingsRB Damien Williams; Anthony Sherman, FB; Mike Pennel, DE; DeMarcus Robinson, WR; Bashaud Breeland, CB
Key Free Agent lossesKendall Fuller, CB; Emmanuel Ogbah, LB; Stefan Wisniewski, C; Jordan Lucas, S; Blake Bell, TE; Reggie Ragland
Key Free Agent signingsMike Remmers, OT; Antonio Hamilton, CB; Jordan Ta’amu, QB; Ricky Seals-Jones, TE; DeAndre Washington, RB
Key Draft PickClyde Edwards-Helaire, RB (1st round)
Franchise TagChris Jones, DT

It wasn’t always smooth sailing for the Chiefs last season. At one point they were actually 6-4 before rattling off six straight regular-season wins and three straight postseason wins en route to winning the Super Bowl. QB Patrick Mahomes is transforming the game with his ridiculous arm strength and ability to elude tacklers in the pockets. His weaponry has even gotten better with the additions of Edwards-Hellaire and Washington to the KC backfield.

The Chiefs defense doesn’t need to be a shut-down unit at all; sort of that “bend but don’t break” mentality. In last season’s Super Bowl, that unit came up with some huge plays at crucial times that changed the course of the game. Of course, this relies on the arm of Mahomes and that’s really all there is to it. The odds right now on the Chiefs to win the Super Bowl for a second consecutive season are the best in the NFL.

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Denver Broncos

Division Odds: +800

Pre-Draft Super Bowl 55 odds: +4000

Current Super Bowl 55 odds: +4000

Broncos’ Ins/OutsPlayers
Key Re-signingsJoe Jones, LB; Jeremiah Attaochu, LB; Joel Heath, DT; Shelby Harris, DT
Key Trade AcquisitionA.J. Bouye, CB
Key Free Agent LossesConnor McGovern, C; Chris Harris, CB; Will Parks, CB; Derek Wolfe, DE; Casey Kreieter, LS
Key Free Agent SigningsJeff Driskel, QB; Graham Glasgow, OG; Melvin Gordon, RB; Nick Vannett, TE; Sam Martin, P; Christian Covington, DT
Key Draft PicksJerry Jeudy, WR (1st round); KJ Hamler, WR (2nd round)
Franchise TagJustin Simmons, S

The Broncos have made tons of improvements on the offensive side of the ball. QB Drew Lock as fantastic in his rookie season and now adds Melvin Gordon via free agency and the duo of Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler via the draft; the latter two now team up with Courtland Sutton as one of the best young receiving corps.

Von Miller is still one of the best pass rushers in football, and teaming up with Bradley Chubb will continue to be a headache for opposing offenses. While the Broncos improved mightily on offense, they did not do much to upgrade on defense. It makes sense, though, considering the offense is where the most help was needed.

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Los Angeles Chargers

Division Odds: +900

Pre-Draft Super Bowl 55 odds: +4000

Current Super Bowl 55 odds: +4000

Chargers’ Ins/OutsPlayers
Key Re-signingsAustin Ekeler, RB
Key Trade AcquisitionsTrai Turner, OG
Key Trade DepartureRussell Okung, OT
Free Agent SigningsBryan Bulaga, OT; Chris Harris, CB; Linval Joseph, DT; Nick Vigil, LB; Darius Jennings, WR; Donald Parham, TE
Key Free Agent LossesPhilip Rivers, QB; Thomas Davis, LB; Derek Watt, FB; Melvin Gordon, RB; Adrian Phillips, S; Jaylen Watkins, CB; Jatavis Brown, LB; Nick Dzubnar, LB; Travis Benjamin, WR; Geremy Davis, WR
Key Draft PicksJustin Herbert, QB (1st round); Kenneth Murray, LB (2nd round); Joshua Kelley, RB (4th round)
Franchise TagHunter Henry, TE

The Chargers are finally moving on from the Philip Rivers, drafting Justin Herbert with the No. 6 overall pick out of Oregon. A lot of key players moved on from LA but the team did a great job of retooling in both free agency and the draft. It will be interesting to see whether or not the move at QB makes huge strides for the Chargers. After all, that was a big reason why they weren’t a better team.

It will be one of the biggest seasons in Chargers’ history as this will be the first year in a stadium that isn’t falling apart or has less than 30,000. The hope is that new rookie QB will be able to lead this into the new era of football in LA. The rest of the roster is outstanding, and that will always keep them in contention.

Las Vegas Raiders

Division Odds: +1000

Pre-Draft Super Bowl 55 odds: +5000

Current Super Bowl 55 odds: +6000

Jaguars’ Ins/OutsPlayers
Key Re-signingsRod Smith, RB; Kyle Wilber, LB; Jordan Devey, OG
Key Trade DeparturesA.J. Bouye, CB; Calais Campbell, DE; Nick Foles, QB
Free Agent SigningsCory Littleton, LB; Nick Kwiatkoski, LB; Marcus Mariota, QB; Jason Witten, TE; Jeff Heath, S; Maliek Collins, DT; Carl Nassib, DE/LB; Nick O’Leary, TE; Nelson Agholor, WR; Eric Kush, OG; Daniel Ross, DT; Damarious Randall
Key Free Agent LossesKarl Joseph, S; Tahir Whitehead, LB; Eric Tomlinson, TE; Benson Mayowa, DE; DeAndre Washington, RB
Key Draft PicksHenry Ruggs III, WR (1st round); Damon Arnette, CB (1st round); Lynn Bowden, Jr., WR (3rd round); Bryan Edwards, WR (3rd round)

It’s showtime, baby! The Raiders finally move into their new digs on the Las Vegas strip and this whole experience should prove to be something that is quite incredible. Head coach Jon Gruden is capable of leading a team to perform at its absolute best, and he did a fantastic job of getting a ton of free agents to join him in Las Vegas. The Raiders put a heavy emphasis on the WR position in the draft, taking three of them with their first four picks.

The AFC West will likely be the hardest division for an underdog to win, considering the almighty Chiefs standing atop the odds. If they don’t win ball games, you know the Raiders are at least going to be an exciting story.

Al Walsh
Al Walsh Chief Sports Writer