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Wednesday, April 13, 2011
AFC West mailbag

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Mid-week mail call:

Jason from Burbank, Calif., wants to know about new Denver coach John Fox’s draft history in Carolina, where he was the coach from 2002-2010.

Bill Williamson: It’s been solid. There wasn’t a ton of obvious horrible picks. Players like Julius Peppers, DeAngelo Williams, Thomas Davis and Jon Beason were all good first-round picks. The Panthers were aggressive and liked to trade for extra picks. The 2006-07 drafts were deep and resulted in some quality players who are still in Carolina. Fox’s teams took four quarterbacks during his tenure. Fox will not be making the final call in Denver -- that’s John Elway’s job -- but he will have a voice and his experience should help.

George Miley from St. Charles, Mo., wants to know if San Diego backup quarterback Billy Volek could leave as a free agent.

BW: Volek has expressed a desire to start. I think he’d jump at a chance to start elsewhere. There are several teams that could use a starting quarterback. Yet, the lockout put players like Volek in limbo. The Chargers love having Volek back up Philip Rivers and he is one of the best backups in the game. San Diego certainly wants Volek to return, but it wouldn’t be able to compete with another team offering Volek a starting job.

Nate from Portland wants to know if I think Denver could take a defensive tackle at both No. 2 and No. 36.

BW: Sure, I think it’s possible. I expect the Broncos to take Alabama defensive tackle Marcell Dareus at No. 2 if he’s available. I think Denver could still look at a defensive tackle at No. 36. I don’t know if it will be a priority, but if someone like Phil Taylor, Marvin Austin or Stephen Paea available, Fox would be tempted. Getting two stud defensive tackles who could play right away wouldn’t be a terrible way to go.