Saturday, April 24, 2010
AFC West draft odds and ends
By Bill Williamson
Assuming new quarterback Jason Campbell will start in Oakland, it will mean the team will have a new opening day starting quarterback for the sixth time in seven years. Oakland offensive coordinator Hue Jackson will be Campbell’s eighth coordinator in 10 years dating back to his college days.
Oakland coach Tom Cable is not ready to make Jason Campbell the starting quarterback yet. He does expect JaMarcus Russell to be at the team’s minicamp next week.
The Broncos are bringing in former Miami linebacker Akin Ayodele for a physical Sunday and will sign him barring any issues. He will provide depth at inside linebacker. Denver did not draft a front-seven defender. Coach Josh McDaniels said Denver has moved Mario Haggan from outside to inside linebacker.
McDaniels said the team will not add any veteran receivers. The team drafted receivers Demaryius Thomas in the first round and Eric Decker in the third round.
The only team in the division I see making a run at guard Alan Faneca is Oakland, but I’d say that is a long shot at best.
Defensive tackle Gerard Warren, cut by Oakland this offseason, has signed with New England.
Denver sent a fifth-round pick next year to Tampa Bay for two seventh-round picks this year.