Saturday, March 13, 2010
AFC West mailbag
By Bill Williamson
Weekend mail call:
Greg from Orange, Ca. wants to know if the Raiders could make a run at Terrell Owens.
Bill Williamson: I guess the longer he is available the more Oakland could think about it. I mean, the Raiders set up a visit with running back Larry Johnson. That shows the Raiders aren’t afraid of adding players who are past their prime and who have issues. Owens could help the Raiders’ young receivers. Oakland has plenty of unproven receivers who have potential. It could use a veteran presence. It could be a fit. The Raiders have passed on Owens in the past, so it will be interesting to see if they would change their minds on him now.
Steve from Woodside, New York wants to know if I think the Chiefs should take Tennessee safety Eric Berry or Oklahoma State left tackle Russell Okung if they have the choice at No. 5.
BW: It’s an interesting question, Steve. Ultimately, I think if Berry is available, Kansas City needs to take him. He looks like he is going to be a sure impact player. Kansas City needs to score with a top pick after taking Glenn Dorsey and Tyson Jackson the past two years in the top five. Neither of those two players made immediate impacts. The left tackle position is very deep. Kansas City could get a good tackle in the second round. Now, if Berry (who should slip past Tampa Bay at No. 3 if St. Louis takes a quarterback at No.1) if off the board, Okung would be a great fit at No. 5.
Mike Bultemeier from Indianapolis wants to know if the Chargers are interested in taking Fresno State running back Ryan Mathews at No. 28.
BW: I know a lot of mock drafts have San Diego taking Mathews. He told me at the NFL combine last month that he had a good interview with the team. Still, it is a deep running back class and I think the Chargers will covet several players. If a nose tackle like Terrence Cody is available at No. 28, I could see San Diego filling that need first and then taking a running back later. In short, Mathews fits San Diego’s offense and he could be the choice, but he is one of several options.