AFC West mailbag

January, 29, 2011
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Weekend mail call:

Andrew Smith from Kansas City, Kan., wants to know if I think the Chiefs could draft a center like Florida’s Mike Pouncey because Casey Wiegmann will soon turn 38.

Bill Williamson: You’re on the right track, Andrew. I’m not sure replacing Wiegmann right now is the team’s top need. I think the Chiefs could use a right tackle or front seven help on defense. I could see the Chiefs adding a young center, but I think they may have other needs in the first round. So while Pouncey could help the Chiefs and he could be taken around the No. 21 slot the Chiefs select at, I think there are other players who could better help Kansas City.


Kevin from Granada Hills wants to know if I think San Diego could try to trade up in the first round.

BW: I really do think there is a good chance. The Chargers have five picks in the first three rounds with two picks in the second and third rounds. The Chargers have great drafting power. San Diego is a good team, so it might be best served getting two or three players who can help right away than using all five of those picks. San Diego moved up from No. 28 to No. 12 to take Ryan Mathews last year, so there is a recent history of aggressive drafting. Among the players San Diego could potentially look to trade up for include Alabama receiver Julio Jones, Cal defensive end Cam Jordan and Texas A & M linebacker Von Miller.


Alex from Kansas City wants to know if I think Kansas City could draft a quarterback this year.

BW: I wouldn’t be shocked if the Chiefs looked at a quarterback in the third or fourth round. If they identify a prospect to develop in one of those rounds I could l see the Chiefs pulling the trigger. Backup quarterback Brodie Croyle is a free agent and I’m not sure the Chiefs want to bring him back, so I could see the Chiefs looking to develop a young backup for starter Matt Cassel.

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