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Saturday, November 26, 2011
AFC West mailbag

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Weekend mail call:

Michael Jacobson from Kinnelon, N.J. wants to know if I think Oakland left tackle Jared Veldheer could make the Pro Bowl.

Bill Williamson: The second-year player is having a terrific season and he is leading a re-charged Oakland offensive line, which is quietly having a strong season. Veldheer shined on Sunday when he shut down Minnesota's Jared Allen. Allen had a streak of 11 straight games with a sack snapped. Veldheer will likely get some consideration for the Pro Bowl but players often need to have a full, strong season before they get consideration for the Pro Bowl.

Tim from Fort Collins, Co. wants to know if the Broncos will draft a quarterback next year regardless if they make Tim Tebow the long-term quarterback.

BW: I think they will study quarterbacks very closely. Denver has scouted some of the top quarterbacks who will be available in the draft. With Brady Quinn a free agent, Denver will certainly be looking for some quarterbacks and I suspect one will be a youngster.

Adam from Nashville if Oakland wants to know coach Hue Jackson could become the Raiders’ general manager.

BW: There have been reports that Mark Davis -- the son of the late Al Davis -- will look to hire a general manager in the offseason. A name that keeps popping up is Green Bay executive Reggie McKenzie. He has ties to the Raiders and Davis consultant Ron Wolf. So, I could see Davis leaning that way. I think the only way Jackson remains in control if they don’t decide to hire a general manager and just keep Jackson in his role as the top football man in the organization. I’d be surprised if Jackson was actually given the general manager title. I think Oakland would be better off in bringing in a true personal man who could work in connect with Jackson moving forward. It’s tough for a coach, especially a young coach, to have so many responsibilities.