Working out way through the offensive backfield, we move on to the fullbacks. Often times fullback gets lumped in with running back. I have done it myself from time to time. But fullback is not just another running back and should be given its own place.
These big bruising backs wear many hats. They must clear paths for the running backs, act as an extra offensive lineman, lay blocks down field, and catch passes out of the backfield. Regular running back can perform some of these functions as well but not to the extent the fullback does.
With that in mind, here's how each AFC West team grades out based on the fullback position:
1. Oakland Raiders - Marcel Reece
One of the best fullbacks in the NFL, let alone the AFC West. There isn't a fullback in this league who has the versatility and athletic abilities Reece has.
2. San Diego Chargers - Le'Ron McClain
Former two-time Pro Bowler and one-time All Pro. He has proven himself as one of the most punishing lead blockers in the NFL. He will be Ryan Mathews' best friend and could elevate the entire running game's play.
3. Denver Broncos - Jacob Hester
Hester moved within the AFC West from the Chargers to the Broncos. What he lacks in ideal size, he makes up for in techinique. But he is far from the answer at fullback which is why the Chargers traded up by signing McClain last season.
4. Kansas City Chiefs - Braden Wilson
A rookie sixth round pick. He won't be rated ahead of proven fullbacks at this juncture.