Saturday, May 14, 2011
AFC West mailbag
By Bill Williamson
Mid-week mail call:
Robert from Springfield, Mo., wants to know if Kansas City could sign Denver free-agent right tackle Ryan Harris.
Bill Williamson: I’m not sure he’s a perfect fit for the Chiefs even though Denver is planning to go with second-round pick Orlando Franklin at right tackle. I think Harris, if he hits the open market, will be best suited for a zone-blocking team. I could see Washington and former Denver coach Mike Shanahan showing interest in Harris.
Mikey from Oakland wants to know if I think Oakland fourth-round pick Chimdi Chekwa could make a difference at cornerback as a rookie.
BW: If Nnamdi Asomugha leaves as a free agent, Chekwa will get a chance to be a rotational player at the very least. If he has a good training camp and preseason, he could vie to be a starter. Third-round pick DeMarcus Van Dyke will also get a chance to play. However, Chewka, an Ohio State product, could have the edge for immediate playing time because he got great experience in the Big Ten.
Derek from La Jolla wants to know what I think of San Diego sixth-round pick Jordan Todman.
BW: He’s a sixth-round pick, so it would be unrealistic to think Todman will become an instant star for the Chargers. But they are excited about him, and a lot of scouts I’ve talked to were surprised he fell to the sixth round. Some thought he was a mid-round prospect because of his production at Connecticut and his strong performance at the combine. He has a chance to be a solid change-of-pace runner who can also help as a returner. If Darren Sproles leaves as a free agent, Todman could get a chance to play right away. He’s definitely a player to keep an eye on.