Underrated, AFC West style

On Monday, we’re going to look at one underrated and one overrated player on each team in the AFC West based on our opinion and observations. First, we’ll look at the underrated players. Look for our post on the overrated players at 1 p.m. ET.

Give us your opinion (I know you will) in the comments section at the bottom of the posts.

Denver, Ryan Harris, right tackle: Denver left tackle Ryan Clady gets all of the attention on Denver’s line and he is deserving of the accolades. However, Harris isn’t far behind Clady. Harris is an athletic player, who is a key to Denver’s offense. The offense wasn’t the same when Harris was hurt in Denver’s seventh game. His injury proved the team needs him to stay healthy.

Kansas City, Brandon Flowers, cornerback: Flowers is one of the bright spots of Kansas City’s defense. Flowers, a second-round draft pick in 2008, can be a building block to the Chiefs’ defense. He is a playmaker and he is good in coverage. He has a chance to be a Pro Bowl player at some point soon.

Oakland, Michael Bush, running back: Sometimes it seems Bush is underrated by his own team. The guy can run. He is big, he’s fast and he’s powerful. Bush needs a chance to be the primary back. Still, Oakland seems reluctant to make him the full-time top back. He gets his share of carries, but he also shares time with the less effective Darren McFadden and Justin Fargas. I’d love to see Bush get a chance to tote the ball 20-25 times a game to see what he can produce.

San Diego, Quentin Jammer, cornerback: Jammer is appreciated in San Diego, but I’m not sure he gets enough league-wide respect. He is a solid, solid player. He is very consistent and he often shuts down some of the top receivers in the league. Fellow San Diego cornerback Antonio Cromartie gets most of the league’s attention because of his 10 interceptions in 2007. But the truth is, Jammer is a much better player.