Wednesday, April 6, 2011
AFC West mailbag
By Bill Williamson
Mid-week mail call:
Mark from Denver wants to know if I think the Broncos would be interested in trading the No. 2 pick to New England for the No. 17, No. 27 and two other picks.
Bill Williamson: I think you are on the right track, Mark. According to the NFL draft trade value chart, the Patriots would likely have to give up the two first-round picks, plus their second-round picks, No. 33 and No. 60. That would give Denver two first-round picks, four second-round picks and a third round pick. It’d have seven of the first 67 picks. I think Denver would be interested in the deal because it has many holes to fill. The question is, would the Patriots pull the trigger?
John from Shingle Springs, Calif., wants to know if I think the San Diego Chargers could move up and take cornerback Prince Amukamara of Nebraska.
BW: I think there are several players the Chargers, who have five picks in the first three rounds, could move up for. If Amukamara fell out of the top 10 and he wasn’t overly expensive to grab, I could potentially see it. But I think a pass-rusher is higher on the Chargers’ need list.
Jake K. from Bolivar, Mo., wants to know what top prospects from the SEC the Chiefs could look at.
BW: It’s a great question, Jake, because Kansas City and general manager Scott Pioli have a history of taking players from the SEC early in the draft. Pioli figures if players can produce at the highest collegiate level, they’ll be equipped to compete in the NFL. The Chiefs are looking at pass-rushers and offensive linemen early in the draft. The top SEC pass-rusher who could be available when the Chiefs pick at No. 21 is Georgia’s Justin Houston. The Chiefs are investigating Houston. The top tackle from the SEC is Mississippi State’s Derek Sherrod. Let’s see if the SEC streak continues in Kansas City.