Monday, June 17, 2013
Ranking the AFC West D-linemen
By Bill Williamson
Our AFC West positional rankings series continues with a look at a young group of defensive linemen:
1. Corey Liuget, San Diego: This player has a chance to be a superstar.
2. Lamarr Houston, Oakland: A lot will be expected of this talented player on a line in transition.
3. Derek Wolfe, Denver: The Broncos are expecting huge things from this second-year player.
4. Kendall Reyes, San Diego: The same thing goes for Reyes in San Diego. He has great potential.
5. Terrance Knighton, Denver: Jack Del Rio is reunited with this run stuffer. Terrific free-agent addition.
6. Dontari Poe, Kansas City: I wouldn’t be shocked if this player makes a huge jump in Year 2.
7. Sylvester Williams, Denver: The first-round pick has huge potential. He is a good fit for this defense.
8. Tyson Jackson, Kansas City: Former No. 3 overall pick will never be great, but he has value.
9. Mike DeVito, Kansas City: The Chiefs are thrilled about his free-agent pickup. He can play.
10. Vance Walker, Oakland: Free-agent addition was a good rotational player in Atlanta. Gets chance for a bigger role.
11. Pat Sims, Oakland: This could be a very good addition if he can stay healthy.
12. Kevin Vickerson, Denver: Nothing fancy, but Vickerson is a solid part of a good defense.
13. Robert Ayers, Denver: The Broncos need this former first-round pick to contribute with Elvis Dumervil gone.
14. Cam Thomas, San Diego: The Chargers expect a lot from this promising player.
15. Christo Bilukidi, Oakland: I have a feeling he is going to develop quickly.
16. Andre Carter, Oakland: Greatest value may be as a leader, which this young team needs.
17. Jason Hunter, Oakland: Try-hard player could get a lot of playing time.
18. Jack Crawford, Oakland: Second-year player will have a chance to show his value.