Sunday, March 27, 2011
Familiar names to get closer looks
By Bill Williamson
Let’s take a look at some of the more notable visits and workouts AFC West teams have recently arranged:
The Broncos, who are as aggressive as any team this spring when it comes to private workouts, are going to take a look at Missouri defensive end Aldon Smith. He is also getting noticed from San Diego and Kansas City. Smith will likely be drafted in the No. 12-25 range. So Denver, which has the No. 2 overall pick, will likely only get a crack at Smith if it trades down from No. 2 or if it trades back into the first round.
The Chiefs are looking at two intriguing skill-position players. They are planning to work out Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Miami receiver Leonard Hankerson.
Kaepernick, who is also working out for Denver, is likely going to be taken in the second or third round. Kansas City is also working out TCU quarterback Andy Dalton. The team is looking for an upgrade from Brodie Croyle at backup quarterback. With needs for a pass-rusher and a perhaps a tackle, the Chiefs could give Dwayne Bowe some help and take Hankerson. He is rising up draft boards and he could be tempting at No. 21.
The Chargers are planning to work out Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan. The team will seriously consider taking Kerrigan with the No. 18 pick. He is a fierce pass rusher. San Diego General manager A.J. Smith was at Kerrigan’s pro day and now he is bringing the player to San Diego for a closer look. This could be a fit.