When chasing a team as dominant as the Denver Broncos, the key is to make the most of your opportunities over a sustained period.
The Raiders took another step forward in this year’s NFL draft and closed the gap, if only slightly, by scoring a direct hit on linebacker Khalil Mack in the first round.
If they develop some of their seven other picks into starters, then they can lay claim to having the best draft class among AFC West teams. For now, they get the benefit of doubt based solely on Mack’s potential to be the best player from this draft.
Here’s a team-by-team look at how the four AFC West teams fared, from best to worst:

1. Raiders – It would be hard to go wrong with the No. 5 pick in a draft regarded as one of the deepest and most talented in years

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