Saturday, April 23, 2011
AFC West mailbag
By Bill Williamson
Weekend mail call:
Daniel from Bremerton, Wash., wants to know if the Chargers draft a pass-rushing linebacker, does that mean they are giving up on 2009 No. 1 pick Larry English?
Bill Williamson: It wouldn’t be a complete signal that the team is giving up on English. But it would certainly put English on notice. English has been hampered by injuries and has done little in two NFL seasons. Had English (the No. 16 overall pick in 2009) been productive in his first two NFL seasons, the Chargers likely would look elsewhere in the first round. English’s early inability to make an impact has forced the Chargers to look for more pass-rush help. If he doesn’t develop quickly, English could be on the outside looking in in San Diego.
Brian Piazzi from Chicago wants to know what the odds are of Arizona moving up from No. 5 to No. 2 to take a quarterback.
BW: Denver would love to move down to the No. 5-8 range and take a defensive player and pick up other premium picks. The only way this happens is if the Panthers take a quarterback at No. 1 and the Cardinals think they must move get past Buffalo at No. 3 to ensure they get someone like Blaine Gabbert. It’s feasible, but the only question will Arizona be willing to give Denver a huge package to move up three spots?
Robbie from Santa Barbara wants to know if I think 2010 Oakland fourth-round pick Bruce Campbell will live up to his potential.
BW: I think the guard will get the opportunity to prove himself this year. Oakland will have at least one opening at guard; the athletic Campbell will get a chance. He is still a project, but the team is excited about his long-term chances.