<
>

AFC West mailbag

4/12/2011

Weekend mail call:

Michael from Long Beach wants to know what offensive linemen San Diego could look at with the No. 18 overall pick.

Bill Williamson: I think the Chargers will look at pass-rushers first, but there could be some offensive lineman who interest the Chargers, who would grab a tackle. Among the tackles that could be available at No. 18 include Boston College’s Anthony Castonzo, Wisconsin’s Gabe Carimi, Colorado’s Nate Solder and Mississippi State’s Derek Sherrod. Castonzo and Carimi could be intriguing to the Chargers if they are available at No. 18.

Kolby from Kansas wants to know which of these three players -- Baylor nose tackle Phil Taylor, Florida guard/center Mike Pouncey or UCLA pass-rusher Akeem Ayers -- would best fit in with the Chiefs.

BW: Well, Kolby, I think Pouncey is the best prospect and he would be the best value at No. 21, where the Chiefs pick. He wouldn’t fill an immediate hole, although he’d eventually look good in a Kansas City uniform. Ayers may be a slightly better prospect than Taylor and a better value at No. 21. I think Kansas City could trade down to the No. 25-30 range and take either Ayers or Taylor. Both players would likely be contributors right away in Kansas City.

Bryce from Fayetteville, Ark., wants to know if I think the Chargers could take Arkansas tight end D.J. Williams.

BW: San Diego could look at a young tight end to groom behind Antonio Gates. Williams has good hands and he could be a good prospect. I don’t think he’ll be a high-priority pick for the Chargers. But if they address some needs early and get a chance to take Williams in 3-5 rounds, it could be a fit.