AFC West: Barry Cofield

Here are some highlights from our AFC West chat, which was held earlier Thursday:

Denver

Jake from Washington: Which Denver TE is more likely to make an immediate impact? 4th round pick Julius Thomas or 7th round pick Virgil Green?

BW: Well, it seems silly to pick the seventh-rounder, but I'm going with Green for two reasons. 1, Thomas has played one year of college football. He is a nice prospect, but he's a project. 2., Green is good. He was downgraded in the draft because of an old injury. If he's healthy, he can help right away.

Kansas City

Shawn from Barre, Vermont: Do you see the Chiefs bringing in a vet NT like Barry Cofield or Chris Jenkins, if (pending on the CBA) they happen to become free agents?

Bill Williamson: They tried to get Shaun Rogers before he signed with the Saints prior to the lockout. I do think the Chiefs want a veteran nose tackle.

Oakland

Tim H. from Denver: Hello Bill...enjoyed the column about Jacoby Ford last month. Do you think he will start at WR this year or do you believe that Heyward-Bey (Al Davis favorite) will be the starter. It seems like Ford should be on the field as often as possible. Thanks

BW: Thanks, Tim. I just posted a blog on Hue Jackson saying Ford will be a household name. Jackson has been hot on Ford all offseason. He knows he has a star on his hands. I definitely see Ford being a starter. He's proven more than DHB. It's only fair.

San Diego

Rian from Los Angeles: What will the Chargers record be if they fix up Special Teams? How good will they be?

BW: Hard to tell. There could always be injuries. But let's put it this way: If San Diego doesn't have any major issues on special teams, it will be a contender in the AFC.
A look at our AFC West chat, which was held earlier Thursday:

Denver

Noel from Denver: Hey Bill, how good a team would Denver had if it added Barry Cofield, Michael Bush and Charles Johnson to the team? Could it make the Playoffs?

Bill Williamson: It’d be improved in key areas, but I don't know about the playoffs. There's a lot of very good teams in the AFC.

Kansas City

Travis from Nevada City, Calif.: Bill, What do you think the chances Ricky Stanzi takes the starting job from Cassel? With all the extra pressure on Cassel to take that next step he’s going to try to extend plays which might get him injured leaving the pocket. If Stanzi gets a shot at some playing time how does he fair?

BW: I think the chance is zero for 2011. It's more of a 2013 thing.

Oakland

Ryan X. Allred from Lynnwood, Wash.: Bill, Even though I live in the Pacific Northwest I am a diehard Raiders fan. My question is this. What's your opinion of the Oakland Raiders and their 2011 draft? Can you see any of these guys, with the exception of Wisniewski who should start, helping the team this year? Or was this another Al Davis reach for speed?

BW: The two corners and the LSU tackle have a chance to play, but all will have to earn their rookie playing time.

San Diego

Chris Duran from Mission Viejo, Calif.: Hey Bill, I've been dying for another Charger Super Bowl Run for years and think Rivers can do it, but they just don't seem to have enough to win it all. Do you think they have a better team coming in this year assuming they keep the free agents they want?

BW: I don't expect them to do a ton in free agency, because A.J. Smith is always careful in free agency. But the Chargers got depth in the draft. I think the key is health and a resurgence on special teams. If that happens, this team should win a lot of games.

Thanks to everyone who participated.
Occasionally, us blog networkers come together and have a brainstorming session.

This week, we pitched ideas about the best bets from our receptive divisions on the restricted free agent market. The following are some restricted free agents who could fit in the AFC West:

Denver

Rob Sims, guard, Seattle, fourth-round tender: He weighs 312 pounds. Denver wants to get bigger on the interior line.

Marcus Spears, defensive end, Dallas, second-round tender: He’d be a solid addition at end in Denver’s 3-4 scheme.

Kansas City

Atari Bigby, safety, Green Bay, second-round tender: Bigby is solid and the Chiefs, who have two second-round picks, need help at safety.

Domenik Hixon, receiver/returner, New York Giants, second-round tender: He could help Kansas City on offense and special teams.

Leon Washington, running back, returner, New York Jets, second-round tender: If healthy, he could be a nice fit.

Oakland

Barry Cofield, defensive tackle, New York Giants, second-round tender: He’d reunite former Giants line coach Mike Waufle in Oakland. I like this fit.

Troy Smith, quarterback, Baltimore, fifth-round tender: He is likely going to be on the move. Why not reunite him with Hue Jackson in Oakland and throw him in the quarterback competition?

San Diego

Jerious Norwood, running back, Atlanta, second-round tender: He has big talent. San Diego needs a running back badly. The only hitch is the Chargers may rather use their second-round pick on a player from a deep rookie running back class.

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