Wednesday, April 21, 2010
AFC West mailbag
By Bill Williamson
Brian from San Diego wants to know if the Raiders could take Alabama middle linebacker Rolando McClain at No. 8.
Bill Williamson: I think it’s a possibility. Oakland will look at tackles and that is its biggest need. But McClain is an interesting prospect for Oakland because it wants to revamp its linebacker crew. McClain has great potential. Oakland could also look at Florida cornerback Joe Haden if it decides to shun the offensive line and go defense first.
Tyler from Hamilton, Ontario, wants to know if the Broncos could make a run at Tennessee running back LenDale White in a draft-day deal?
BW: Denver is looking at bigger back in the draft. It wants some size. If Denver doesn’t make a bigger back it looks Stanford’s Toby Gerhart), perhaps it will show some interest in training camp White. That probably wouldn’t take place until the third day of the draft. White is a Denver native. Perhaps heading home would energize his career.
Jason from Corning, N.Y., wants to know if it would be wise for Denver to draft Dez Bryant to replace Brandon Marshall. Like Marshall, Bryant has character concerns.
BW: It’s a good question, Jason. But it is a situation in which Denver may not have a choice but to take Bryant. The Broncos have a major need for a top receiver. Bryant would be a great fit for this offense. But the last thing Denver wants is to draft a player who will be a headache after the team solved the Marshall problem. But the Broncos have done their due diligence on Bryant. If the Broncos feel like his off-field issues have been blown out of proposition and he could handle making the transition to the NFL, he may be the choice. Again, Bryant is Denver’s best option at receiver. So, it may be worth the risk.