AFC West: Dwanye Bowe

We continue our AFC West positional rankings with a strong group of receivers:

1. Demaryius Thomas, Denver: Thomas is developing into one of the best receivers in the NFL. He has it all -- and he has Peyton Manning.

2. Wes Welker, Denver: Welker has a specific role, but you can’t argue with his production. He is a special player.

3. Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City: Bowe was No. 1 on this list last year. He hasn’t regressed. He is still top-notch. But the group is better.

4. Eric Decker, Denver: Decker completes what is probably the best trio of receivers in the NFL.

5. Donnie Avery, Kansas City: There is a drop-off here. But Avery is a pro. The free-agent pickup will help the Chiefs.

6. Denarius Moore, Oakland: Moore is a good, young player. He didn’t make the strides he was expected to in Year Two, but the skills are there.

7. Vincent Brown, San Diego: Brown can zoom up the list this season. Big things were expected in 2012, but he missed the entire season with a broken ankle.

8. Danario Alexander, San Diego: He came off the street and made a difference last season. He has big ability. Health is the only question.

9. Malcom Floyd, San Diego: How much has this group improved? Floyd was second on this list a year ago.

10. Rod Streater, Oakland: I wouldn’t be surprised if Streater makes a big leap on this list next year. He was very polished as an undrafted free agent in 2012.

11. Jon Baldwin, Kansas City: The Chiefs are still waiting for the talented 2011 first-round pick to develop.

12. Keenan Allen, San Diego: I expect the rookie to be an instant contributor. The Chargers got a steal in the third round of the draft.

13. Jacoby Ford, Oakland: If he can stay healthy, Ford can make an impact.

14. Dexter McCluster, Kansas City: McCluster can finally make an impact in Andy Reid’s offense.

15. Juron Criner, Oakland: He opened eyes in camp as a rookie, but didn’t do much last season. Still, a solid developmental player.

16. Robert Meachem, San Diego: He can still show something after being a total dud as a free-agent pickup last season.

Chat Wrap: Oakland CB plan

June, 15, 2012
The following are some highlights from our AFC West chat, which was held earlier Friday:


Chad from Denver: Hey Bill, I am a huge Air Force fan, and I would love to see former DT/DE Ben Garland make the Broncos squad and have a career similar to Chad Hennings. What do you think his chances are?

Bill Williamson: There are a lot people who love Garland. He is a serious worker and I think he has a chance at the 53-man roster.

Kansas City

Ryan from Lebanon, Mo.: If you had to make a guess as to if or when Dwayne Bowe gets a contract or signs his tender when do you think it will happen or do you think he will hold out like Vincent Jackson did last year ?

Bill Williamson: Maybe I'm wrong on this one, but I don't see a long holdout happening.


Mark from Toronto: What do you think the chances are that Van Dyke or Chewka could beat out Spencer (or I guess Bartell) for a starting CB gig?

BW: Sure, I think that's what the team would like to see. Get one of those young guys out there. They are the future. Bartell and Spencer are quick fixes. Both are 30.

San Diego

Matt Johnson from Flagstaff, Ariz.: Which Charger receiver do you think will have the most catches next season? I'm hearing a lot of good things about Eddie Royal this year.

BW: Don't discount Vincent Brown. I could see him really becoming a big part of the offense.