AFC West mailbag
Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
Steven from Tulsa: Bill, How does the Tony Gonzalez trade affect the Chiefs draft plan? Does this now open the door for them to take Crabtree with the #3 pick, or does it still depend on whether the Lions take Curry? Love the blog. thanks, Steven
BW: I think Crabtree could be in play now. I think the Chiefs are a little weary of taking a linebacker at No. 3 and let's face it, the Kansas City offense needs to make up for loss in the passing game. I could see Crabtree coming to Kansas City.
Anthony from Griffin, GA: What are the odds that Peyton Hillis wins the starting RB job for the Broncos?
BW: There is quite a logjam at running back in Denver after it signed veterans Correll Buckhalter, J.J. Arrington and LaMont Jordan as free agents this offseason. I wouldn't be surprised if Denver adds a running back early in the draft. I wouldn't be shocked if Chris "Beanie" Wells is taken at No. 18 in the right circumstances. Hillis, although I think he is a tough runner, may have his work cut out for him.
Luke from St. Louis: With the recent news of a failed drug test for Percy Harvin, do you see the raiders taking Andre Smith with the #7 pick and hoping Harvin falls to them in the 2nd round?
BW: I don't know if that will be the plan but I could see it working out. Harvin probably will be taken in the second round now. However, there will be an early run on receivers in the second round so he may be gone by the time Oakland selects at No. 40.
Nick from Denver: I saw that in the mock draft you had the Broncos taking Sanchez at 12. That would be a colossal mistake, even worse than the McDaniels-Cutler fiasco. The past few years they have had terrible defenses. The inability of the defense, couple with Shanahans inability to do anything beyond firing coordinators, ultimately led to his firing...If McDaniels thinks drafting Sanchez is the answer I can only hope that it leads to his firing as well. He is really no different than Shanahan, except he is less experienced and comes from the Belichick coaching tree which has proved to provide worthless head coaches (ie Weis, Mangini).
BW: First of all, Nick, I think the entire Cutler deal is a mistake and it is a waste bringing in a new quarterback. But I think the drafting of Sanchez would minimize the mistake that trading Cutler was.