The Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs are both gearing up for the second seasons this week.
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They'll likely find a few of them in the days ahead. College football's "New Year's Six" games are jam-packed with amateur talent just waiting to be drafted in April. AFC West teams (and fans) should pay close attention to these five following prospects:
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Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame: Fiesta Bowl
He's a consensus All-American, a semifinalist for the Lombardi Award and the Outland Trophy, and was named Notre Dame's Offensive Player of the Year. The long-armed, athletic edge blocker is very competitive and durable; he's started 38 consecutive games. The 6-5.5, 315-pound Stanley can start from Day 1 on either the left or right side of an offensive line.
Teams interested: Chargers, Chiefs, Raiders, Broncos
Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State: Fiesta Bowl
Elliott trails only two-time Heisman winner Archie Griffin as a Buckeyes all-time rusher. The Big Ten Running Back of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year led the conference with 1,672 yards rushing and 19 touchdowns. He's a bullish runner has breakaway speed. Elliott runs behind his pads and doesn't give tacklers much to hit. He'd fit well in a zone-blocking scheme that utilizes his breakaway speed best.
Teams interested: Broncos, Raiders
Jalen Ramsey, S, Florida State: Peach Bowl
Arguably the best athlete in the ACC, Florida State's junior corner/safety Jalen Ramsey would have been a first-round pick last season if he was eligible for the draft. This season, the 6-1, 202-pound track champion was named a consensus All-American and ranked third in the ACC Defensive Player of the Year voting. From corner to safety, Ramsey can do it all and is a star on special teams.
Teams interested: Raiders, Chargers, Chiefs (if Eric Berry leaves via free agency)
Jordan Leggett, TE, Clemson: Orange Bowl
Extremely athletic, Clemson's 6-5, 220-pound junior TE Jordan Leggett caught 34 passes for 442 yards and seven TDs en route to being named an all-ACC first-teamer and a Walter Camp All-American. Leggett has good speed and soft hands can be a difference maker in the Tigers' offense.
Teams interested: Broncos, Chargers
Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama: Cotton Bowl Classic
The accolades kept rolling in for the Tide's next standout linebacker. Ragland's a Bednarik Award and Nagurski Trophy finalist (Defensive Player of the Year). The 6-foot-2, 252-pounder is also a Lombardi Award semifinalist. He played all four seasons under Nick Saban, but led
Teams interested: Chiefs, Raiders, Broncos (if either Brandon Marshall or Danny Trevathan