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AFC West mailbag

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Weekend mail call:

Jordan from Austin, Texas wants to know if Oakland cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha is a future Hall of Famer.

Bill Williamson: That's a great question, Jordan. If you read this blog you know I'm a huge believer in Asomugha. I think he is the best cornerback in the league. But as far as the Pro Football Hall of Fame goes, I'm not sure. He'd have to maintain the greatness for another six or seven years. He'll have to be dominant well into his 30s. Plus, Oakland will have to have a dramatic change of fortune. Players from losing teams don't get recognized too often. Asomugha has Hall of Fame talent, but he'll have to show it for several more years to be considered.


Daniel Murphy from Kansas City, MO wants to know if rookie Tom Brandstater has a chance in Denver.

BW: I think new Denver coach Josh McDaniels selected Brandstater out of Fresno State because he believes the youngster can succeed in his system. But Brandstater won't get a chance anytime soon. Still, if he practices well and adapts to McDaniels' system, he could get a chance in a few years a la former McDaniels' students Tom Brady and Matt Cassel, who also were late-round picks. Still, if Brandstater doesn't show himself in practice as a rookie, McDaniels could be on the lookout for another project next year.

Shane from Augusta, Ga. wants to know if the Raiders will trade Derrick Burgess to New England now that Greg Ellis was signed.

BW: Ellis was practicing at Burgess' defensive end starting spot on his second OTA day in Oakland. That has to be a clear indication that Burgess' time in Oakland may be up. The Raiders have several young defensive ends, including three draft picks from this April's class that they want to start playing. If just don't think Burgess fits in Oakland anymore. Because he wanted a new deal, I'm sure he'd be receptive to a move. The Patriots have been connected to Burgess in trade talks, so that is something to watch.


Steven from Ventura wants to know if rookie Kevin Ellison will be a starting safety in San Diego.

BW: He'll get a chance. The sixth-round pick from USC is known as a great hitter who fell down the draft because injuries. The Chargers love him and the team wants someone to emerge to play with Eric Weddle at safety. If Ellison has a big training camp and preseason -- he played well in the spring -- I would not be shocked if he was in the starting lineup.