Thursday, April 5, 2012
Mailbag: Raiders to take rookie RB?
By Bill Williamson
Midweek mail call:
Brandon from Kansas wants to know if I think the Chiefs really plan to make a run at Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill in the first round of the draft.
Bill Williamson: I’d be surprised. The Chiefs’ first-round pick is at No.11. I think the latest Tannehill will last is No. 8 at Miami. Thus, the Chiefs will have to get up to No. 7. I’m not sure the Chiefs need a quarterback that badly. I think we could see the Chiefs take someone such as Michigan State’s Kirk Cousins, Oklahoma State’s Brandon Weeden or Arizona State’s Brock Osweiler in the second round at No. 44.
Lee from Denver wants to know if Denver defensive tackle Ty Warren will be back in 2012.
BW: He certainly is an option. The problem is he has missed the past two NFL seasons. He had a hip injury in 2010 with New England and he missed his first season in Denver with a triceps injury. At 31, he is certainly fresh and if he is healthy, he can help the Broncos at their biggest need position. But Denver better not count on a player who has missed the past two seasons. Whatever they can get from him will be a bonus.
David from Redlands wants to know if the Raiders could use the No. 95 pick on Utah State running back Robert Turbin.
BW: I think No. 95 may be a little high for Turbin, and the Raiders have other more immediate needs. But he could be an intriguing prospect at the end of the fourth or fifth rounds for Oakland. The East Bay native is a sleeper who has good size, speed and college game film. He’d be a fine addition in Oakland at the right spot.