Oct 13, 2012; Bloomington, IN, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes defensive back Bradley Roby (1) lands on a blocked punt in the end zone for a touchdown against the Indiana Hoosiers during the first half at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft: Top Blunders and Burglaries For AFC West

Every team made a blunder and a burglary in the 2014 NFL draft.  So which was which for the AFC West division?

Denver Broncos

Burglary: Bradley Roby

There is no doubt the Denver Broncos can directly thank their lucky star, or the San Francisco 49ers in this case for the fact they were able to nab Ohio State corner Bradley Roby.  Despite needing a corner, the 49ers chose to pass on Roby who struggled early in 2013 and has his share of off-the-field problems.  Denver didn’t hesitate.  Roby was rated among the most athletically gifted in the entire 2014 class, and should’ve gone higher.

Blunder:  Michael Schofield

Protecting Peyton Manning is of course top priority so it’s never a bad thing when a team invests in offensive linemen.  However the Broncos may have reached a little bit on Michael Schofield.  While most certainly big and possessing quick feet, he is not a very good athlete and lacks the desired power for a right tackle or guard.  His ceiling may be a swing backup, which is not what a team wants out of a 3rd round pick.

San Diego Chargers

Burglary: Jeremiah Attaochu

They did trade up to get him but the San Diego Chargers were smart to do so.  Jeremiah Attaochu has the talent and the temperament of a pro coming out of the 2014 NFL draft.  Not only does he have the speed and athleticism to get after the quarterback, his greatest asset may be his temperament.  Attaochu is a fiery leader who demands more of teammates and gets under the skin of opponents.  The Chargers will learn to love him.

Blunder:  Ryan Carrethers

I don’t debate the fact that San Diego went after a nose tackle.  They could use one.  The issue is with the one they took.  Ryan Carrethers certainly fits the mold at 337 lbs but he doesn’t have ideal quickness and is only 6’1″ which allows offensive linemen to control him.  What made the pick worse was that Daniel McCullers of Tennessee, at 6’7″ and 352 lbs was still on the board.

Kansas City Chiefs

Burglary: Laurent Duvernay-Tardif

There was a risk in the Kansas City Chiefs taking McGill tackle Laurent Duvernay-Tardif since he could opt to play in the CFL instead.  Still, it was worth the risk for the Chiefs.  Duvernay-Tardif had quietly risen up boards late in the 2014 NFL draft process on the strength of being one of the better pass blockers of the class.  Highly intelligent, light on his feet, athletic and gritty he has starter potential.  So to get him in the 6th round is outstanding.

Blunder:  De’Anthony Thomas

It’s easy to understand the desire to replace Dexter McCluster who was a terrific weapon for the Chiefs offense before departing in free agency.  Even so Kansas City still had other needs to address when they selected De’Anthony Thomas.  No doubt he is a threat with the ball in his hands but not only did the Chiefs pass up a chance to get help at safety or wide receiver, which were needs, it’s possible they took Thomas a round earlier than he should’ve gone due to injury concerns.

Oakland Raiders

Burglary: Khalil Mack

Considered by many to be the best overall prospect in the entire draft, the fact that the Oakland Raiders got Khalil Mack with the 5th overall pick is a steal in and of itself.  His ability to rush the passer, tackle and play coverage comprises a rare skill set that will make him a nightmare to handle for opposing offenses provided his success wasn’t limited to second-rate competition at Buffalo.

Blunder:  Shelby Harris

As late as this pick was it’s still hard to ignore the fact that Oakland passes on some quality defensive ends still on the board in favor of getting Shelby Harris.  Not only is he inconsistent and lacking quickness, he also has characters and weight issues coming out of college.  Some might say that is worth the risk in the 7th round but not with names like James Gayle, Ethan Westbrooks and Jackson Jeffcoat still available.

Tags: 2014 NFL Draft Denver Broncos Kansas City Chiefs Oakland Raiders San Diego Chargers

  • Cody Young

    I get that the point of this article is to find a ‘blunder’ for each team to go with their respective ‘burglary’, but a couple stand out to me as not being very big mistakes. I think De’Anthony Thomas was a good value for the Chiefs where they picked him, and will certainly be used with McCluster gone. And the Carrethers pick by the Chargers should be great value as well (5th round) for a guy that is a prototype build and demeanor nose tackle. Saying that his height (6’1″) will hold him back is ridiculous, that is perfect for a 3-4 NT. Just ask Vince Wilfork. Yes, McCullers was available, but just because he is taller does not mean he will be more effective n the middle. In fact, that height can make it harder to anchor against double teams.
    But who knows? We will see, nice article.

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    • OP Bolt

      I agree with you. Further, if I were to look for a blunder for the Chargers, I would question either, or both, the Grice and Reese picks. Additionally, the article overlooks the UDFA selections. The article downgrades the Raiders for not drafting Jeffcoat – but they got Jeffcoat as a UDFA! (Who by the way, I would have loved for the Chargers to have picked up).

      • Grammar NotZee

        Jeffcoat went to Seattle not Oakland, I do believe

    • Bolty

      McCullers played well against teams like Alabama and was graded much higher than Carrethers. McCullers has the reach that Carrethers does not have, in fact, his arms are 5″ longer! Watch film on Carrethers, he’s slow and can’t always get off his blocks and reach for the runner which often results in big plays. McCullers is also slow but at least faster than Carrethers. With arms over 36″ long, McCullers still benched 27 reps FYI. The Chargers just threw a dart on this pick honestly. But, I do hope and root for Carrethers now as I’m friggin sick and tired of watching teams run up the gut on the Chargers for 6-9 + yards on virtually every play! And honestly, you fans should be too! Make Reyes “earn” his starting job and Luiget too.

  • philiprules

    Ryan Carrethers – 161 tackles with 12 for loss, 5 sacks, and 2 blocked field goals over the past 2 years, yeah is a definite blunder.

    Daniel McCullers – 72 tackles with 10 for loss & 2 sacks int he past 2 years. Yep, definitely better.

    • Nick619chargers4life

      Lol definite blunder lol

    • Erik Lambert

      Production in the Sun Belt conference isn’t the same as the SEC, Philip. Don’t be fooled by that.

      • philiprules

        Then you must not think too highly of Khalil Mack since the Mid Am conference isn’t the SEC either. Oh wait, some inconsistency there?

        • Erik Lambert

          Two different positions. Mack made plays in space which shows up easily on tape. I am wary of Mack as a pass rusher but not as a linebacker who can tackler or drop into coverage. For Carrethers it was about mixing it up with whomever was across from him in the trenches. Did he succeed often? Yes. Was it against second-rate centers and guards most of the time? Also yes.

          • philiprules

            So beating “second rate” (your words not mine) guards and centers makes you a 5th round blunder but beating “second rate” tackles and backs makes you a 1st round burglary. Ho-K, now I understand.

          • MachoMenos

            Sorry but the Tackles from SDSU made Mack look quite pedestrian last December. Dunlap and Flucker will have no problem with the guy.

      • Defiancy

        Go look at this game film from OOC foes, he’s just as nasty as he was against conference teams.

      • MachoMenos

        Daniel McCullers can’t keep his weight down. Why do you think he lasted until he did? On the other hand Carrethers has only 16% body fat and he’s a former wrestler. #InTelescoWeTrust

  • powderBLUE801

    I think it was smart to pass on the 6″7 NT. It is easier to put a tall NT on his butt rather than a smaller NT. I think SD did a great job filling the void and carrethers was the strongest with his bench then any other NT.

    • Erik Lambert

      A 6’7″ nose tackle who weighs 352 lbs? Help in understanding how it will be easy to put him on his butt. Want to know how much the bench press means on the field? Guys names David Molk, Mitch Petrus and Jeff Owens had at least ten more reps than Carrethers did. Know who they are?

      • philiprules

        Hmm, lets see, per NFL.com Weaknesses = Lets his pads rise (first move is up), gets outleveraged and does not hold his ground as well as a man his size should. Gets turned out of the hole and sealed. Duck-footed short-stepper with limited play range — does not make plays outside the box. Average body power to roll his hips and generate torque. Limited pass-rush potential (confirmed by 1.5 career sacks) — is late off the ball, does not collapse the pocket and stays blocked too long.
        But he played in the SEC, so he must be good.

        • Erik Lambert

          Rare size with vines for arms, an enormous wingspan and exceptional mass to occupy space and hold up multiple blockers — has clear two-gap potential. Looks every bit the part with a relatively lean build for a 350-pounder — carries his weight well with some muscle definition and good overall body thickness. Can overpower zone blockers with sheer size. Very durable and has not missed any games to injury throughout his career. Has raw tools that could become special if he learns to harness the innate strength in his body and pairs with a DL coach who can refine his mechanics.

          • powderBLUE801

            Thanks philiprules I don’t need to look that up now. But I’m looking for this other article on him as well that says he is easily over powerd and push backwards or just pushed to the side because he is off balance due to his tall frame and being duck footed. And how many players in the nfl have came from small schools and have excelled?? A ton of them my friend. I love how people just write these guys off cuz they are not from the SEC. Give me a break!!

          • Cindy Pinnick-Hendrix

            Amen Look at Poe he is a beast from a small school. Yes I am a Chiefs fan but I think you guys got a steal with this kid.

          • Bolty

            Erik, after Daquan Jones was taken, I was begging for the Chargers to pick up either Nix or at the very least McCullers. McCullers who has arms literally 5″ longer than Carrethers who struggles with “reach” in his film. McCullers who did well against Alabama. McCullers who has arms over 36″ long but had a very respectable bench press of 27. The Chargers made an “okay” grade “C” choice with Carrethers when they had a very pressing need at NT. I was just pissed actually, but hope for the best for the kid.

          • BlueBoltFan

            McCullers is clearly the better “specimen.” He’s actually rare in that regard. And if he can be taught to maximize those attributes he could be the type of player it’s almost impossible to prepare for. But it’s much more debatable who the better football player is. Carrethers was much more productive in college, has a better understanding of leverage (which, more often than not, trumps size and strength), plus a much better motor.

        • C.Steele

          Drops The Mic! LMAO!! #GoBolts!

      • Cindy Pinnick-Hendrix

        What about Poe he was top 5 in bench press. Yes he was a 1st round pick but he is not 6′ 7″.

        • powderBLUE801

          Thanks for proving my point on this subject. Poe is a beast and he paved his way from a small school.

      • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

        Another thing about Carrethers is that he was a wrestler, so he understands leverage and how to control it. I think he’ll be alright in a rotation with Lissmore this year, and could surprise a few folks when it’s all said and done. Jamal Williams was only an inch taller and about 15 pounds heavier, and he turned out pretty well.

      • Defiancy

        IT’ll be easier to put a 6’7″ guy on his butt than it would be a 6’1″ guy because leverage and central of gravity. A guy who is 6’1 and 330+ is going to have much lower center of gravity and an easier time staying low than a guy who is 6’7″. Not to mention the wrestling thing.

        • BlueBoltFan

          Also McCullers had questions about his motor. That’s Telesco’s #1 requirement.

      • MachoMenos

        Carrethers “only” had 36 reps because he had to stop because one of the plates fell off. Carrethers is a gym rat in the weight room, setting a school record at Arkansas State by squatting 700 pounds. He also power cleans 400 pounds, and benched 225 pounds 36 times on his pro day.
        Strong enough for you, son?

  • Cindy Pinnick-Hendrix

    From what I have read Carrethers is a weight room warrior. I was hoping we would have taken him to rotate with Poe in KC. now we have to face this kid I think you guys did well in taking him.

    • powderBLUE801

      Yes I agree. TT did a great job and has way more knowledge then all of us. I can’t wait to watch him for years to come.

    • BlueBoltFan

      Not only was he a weight room warrior, it transfers onto the playing field (though I’ve only seen 1 of his games myself). He’s also a high motor guy who was abnormally productive for a NT (93 tackles and 4 sacks).

  • Robert Fairbanks

    On the subject of the Chargers, we shall see who makes the roster and who winds up on the practice squad. At the end of the season it will be interesting to see who contributed to their respective team the most, that first year production will define the draft for the AFC West Division teams.

  • BlueBoltFan

    The bigger head scratcher for the Chargers to me was Marion Grice, especially with so many good OLs, DLs, WRs, and DBs still on the board.