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April 21, 2:00 PM ET
Chat with Bill WIlliamson

Bill Williamson
  (2:00 PM)

Let's start rolling, everyone.

Tony (Richmond, CA)

What are the Raiders biggest areas of need in this year's draft?

Bill Williamson
  (2:01 PM)

O-line, CB, QB.

Kasey (Bismarck, ND)

Do you think the chiefs could move up to take Julio Jones?

Bill Williamson
  (2:02 PM)

It would likely take a jump up to No. 10. It would cost a lot. Jones would fit but I'm not sure Scott Pioli would do it.

Humble Gorilla (Antioch, CA)

What is your opinion on the Oakland defensive backs? They are young and talented, but definitely have lots of room to improve. Do you think Rod Woodson can have an extreme effect on their play? (if and when the coaches get to talk to players)

Bill Williamson
  (2:03 PM)

It's a different story if Nnamdi leaves. Those young guys would need to grow up quickly.

Jake (Solana Beach)

What are the chances JJ Watt falls to 18? IF that happens and Ayers falls to the end of round 1 or early round 2, how much would it take for the Bolts to walk away from Day two with Watt, Ayers and a WR? Or does moving up for Ayers cost them their 2nd 2nd rounder?

Bill Williamson
  (2:05 PM)

That would be quite the load. Ayers could cost a lot.

jt (kansas city, ks)

give me one name that could be a superstar in rounds 5-7

Bill Williamson
  (2:05 PM)

Ricky Stanzi?Could be a fourth-rounder, though.

Matt Cole (Atsugi, Japan)

Bill what do you think the odds are of Denver trading down a few spots drafting Patrick Peterson, and taking 2 dts in the second? This is a really Deep draft and i dont think its worth passing up on a talent like PP

Bill Williamson
  (2:08 PM)

If they fall to the No. 5-7 range.

Keith (New Jersey)

would colin kaepernick be a good fit for the raiders?

Bill Williamson
  (2:08 PM)

Good fit. Big arm. Smart guy.

Jay(Oakland,Ca) [via mobile]

Bill,have you ever met Al Davis?

Bill Williamson
  (2:09 PM)

Several times. I like him. Big personality.

Keith (New Jersey)

is there a possibility the raiders could draft a quarterback or jimmy smith in the 2nd round, and still be able to pick up an offensive lineman such as wisniewski in the 3rd round?

Bill Williamson
  (2:11 PM)

A lot would ahve to happen for that to happen.

Chad (CA)

If Dareus goes off the board at 1, wouldn't it be logical for the Broncos to snag Peterson? He's basically a clone of Champ Bailey when he was drafted in '99. Two shut down corners, then go with a DT with their second selection??

Bill Williamson
  (2:12 PM)

I think a trade, Fairley or Miller would be the call. Honestly, while I think Dareus is the guy, they could make a surprise pick and take Fairley over Dareus. It's not out of the question.

Scott (Northglenn, CO)

Could you see Adrian Clayborn dropping to the Broncos at no. 36? And what do you think of his arm condition?

Bill Williamson
  (2:13 PM)

He'd be a steal at No. 36.

Pablo (Madrid)

Chances of re-signing Nnamdi pretty much impossible, speaking realistically. Correct?

Bill Williamson
  (2:14 PM)

Not impossible, there's still a chance. But many people think he's gone.

WyattBurp (Chicago)

Arizona. They need a QB. But what will they do if Newton and Gabbert are gone?

Bill Williamson
  (2:15 PM)

Don't be surprised if they move up and trade for the No. 2 pick.

Scott (Northglenn, CO)

What's more likely: Broncos drafting a RB like Mike Leshoure, or a TE like Kyle Rudolph? Both thoughts make me cringe...

Bill Williamson
  (2:16 PM)

I'd say the RB, but that's just me.

Alex B (New Philadelphia, OH)

Are the Chargers in for a quick return to the playoffs or are they on the decline?

Bill Williamson
  (2:17 PM)

If they have a good draft and stay healthy, they could get back to the playoffs quickly.

Keith (New Jersey)

do you already have your plans set for the oakland denver monday night opener?

Bill Williamson
  (2:17 PM)

If they are there, I'll be there, too.

Jay(Oakland,Ca) [via mobile]

Could Jimmy Smith turn out to be the best DB in this draft down the road?

Bill Williamson
  (2:18 PM)

Some folks think he's the best. But I like Peterson.

WyattBurp (Chicago)

Hey Bill! Seven teams at the top of the draft need QBs. I'm predicting five QBs going with the first ten picks. Is that unreasonable?

Bill Williamson
  (2:18 PM)

That would be shocking and it would rock the draft.

Matt (compton)

Are you a fan of Elways as VP of Operations for denver?

Bill Williamson
  (2:23 PM)

Too early to tell. I like his coaching hire and I like the Bailey re-sign and he seems to be working hard. But we have to see what happens in the next couple of years.

Mike (SD)

how many wins do u see oakland getting with the current team (assuming nnamdi is gone). ill set the over/under at 9

Bill Williamson
  (2:25 PM)

They are going to improve by a game with their best player off the roster?

tim t (denver)

is it my team yet or will I have even more competion?

Bill Williamson
  (2:25 PM)

Ask me in a week.

Tony (Richmond, CA)

Will Al cut ties with DHB this year? Or will he hold on similiar to Jamarcus Russell hoping for a ROI?

Bill Williamson
  (2:27 PM)

I think DHB has at least two more years. Unlike Russell, he does have work-ethic issues. He has just not developed as a player yet.

Lynn (Denver)

What is the ceiling on Demaryius Thomas? At times last year, when he could stay on the field he was a beast. But now with the Achilles is denver looking at Ashley Lelie V 2.0?

Bill Williamson
  (2:29 PM)

I think he is a better all-around player than Lelie was. But he has major durability issues. Good player if he cna ever stay healthy.

cody (pittsburg ks)

what potental trades could the broncos see at number 2

Bill Williamson
  (2:30 PM)

Arizoan Np. 5 and Tennessee No. 8.

Donald (Berkeley, CA)

Are the Raiders targeting Lil'Wisnewski with their first pick in the second round?

Bill Williamson
  (2:31 PM)

I think he is on the top of their list.

Brad (Iowa)

can the raiders win afc west

Bill Williamson
  (2:31 PM)

If they can improve against on AFC West opponents, they have a shot.

Mike (SD)

Bill WilliamsonThey are going to improve by a game with their best player off the roster?-why not? The younger guys like lamarr houston and mcclain and ford, to name a few, have a year of development and know what the nfl pace is like, a pretty solid coaching staff in place, and for the first time in about 10 yrs campbell is in the same system for a 2nd year? Of coarse they can improve man.

Bill Williamson
  (2:34 PM)

Not without addressing the Nnamdi loss.

Ben (Philly)

Bill - I dont get it. Why didnt/dont the Raiders just pay Nnamdi? Guys like that dont just come across everyday. Hes still arguably the BEST cb in the game (sorry revis) - QBs literally do not throw at him.

Bill Williamson
  (2:35 PM)

I'm with you completley. He was their most imporant freee agent. He needed to be addressed already.

Brad (Iowa)

Is Huff worth 6to7 mil a year

Bill Williamson
  (2:36 PM)

I don't think so, but I don't write checks. Guys like Jerry Jones do, though.

Troy (Dekalb)

Any solid safeties in the draft Denver could pick in the later rounds?

Bill Williamson
  (2:37 PM)

It's a weak draft for safeties. Gotta get one early (Second or third round, tops) if you are looking for immeidate help.

Keith (New Jersey)

if jimmy smith is being seen as one of the best defensive backs in the draft, why is he projected to be taken in the late 1st round, early 2nd?

Bill Williamson
  (2:38 PM)

Baggage, lots of baggage.

Austin (Alta Loma CA)

Bill dont you think the chargers should pick a top offensive tackle in the first round? i believe this would be there best bet, if they got a really good run blocker and got that running game going better they could run a possession game and not have to rely on there defense so much which is in transition with a new cordinater and all....

Bill Williamson
  (2:40 PM)

I think Chargers' greatest need is a pass-rusher. I think that area should be addressed first.

Devin (Ames, IA)

What would the Raiders have to trade to move up to the end of the 1st Round or early in the 2nd Round? I can't imagine Al Davis would be willing to part with next year's 1st Round pick again. And if they do move up, who would they be targeting?

Bill Williamson
  (2:40 PM)

Probably take No. 48 and No. 81.

Jared L (Eugene, OR)

If you're the Raiders/Broncos... how tempted are you to throw the season to win the Andrew Luck lottery?

Bill Williamson
  (2:42 PM)

Not the Raiders, because they are on the upswing and they could make some noise. But the Broncos, well, Luck could help that team in a hurry.

Steve (Charlotte)

With Nnamdi on their Team, what is the Raiders Record?......cough (awful) cough...............so yes, they can imrpove without him. That is a lot of money to be spent to fill other needs.

Bill Williamson
  (2:42 PM)

That money was alreayd spent on their own free agents.

jacorey (oakland)

i see the raiders having 3 primetime games because that chargers game i think could be for all the marbles plus its in our house and i will be there to witness

Bill Williamson
  (2:42 PM)

I bet I'll see you there.

Tyler (Hamilton, ON)

Hey Bill, love the blog. If the Broncos take Dareus at #2, what positions do they need to look at most in the 2nd and 3rd round? I think Bruce Carter and Raheem Moore would be a solid first 3 picks, maybe getting Virgel Green after in the 3rd?

Bill Williamson
  (2:43 PM)

That wouldn't be horrible at all.

Wes (south missouri)

PS what will you be dressed up as on the Halloween game at arrowhead?

Bill Williamson
  (2:44 PM)

A guy on deadline.

Tony (Redlands, CA)

Think AJ will pull the trigger and trade up for Von Miller?

Bill Williamson
  (2:44 PM)

Could be tempted. Long shot, but he could do it.

Wes (south missouri)

Bill, Looking at the chiefs schedule most of the same people that wrote us off last year are writing us off again. If you have an easy schedule you didn't prove anything and if it's a tough one you don't have a chance. Whats your honest opinion on the chiefs this year.

Bill Williamson
  (2:46 PM)

They can win it again if the defense improves and Cassel continues to make strides. But thsoe two things must happen.

Keith (New Jersey)

ive been hearing that ryan mallett would be the best fit for oakland's system (possibly heard it from you, but i'm not sure). would you agree with that?

Bill Williamson
  (2:47 PM)

The connection is the big, big arm. He would fit, but he's no sure thing because of some off-field concerns. Still, he'd be a steal at No. 48.

Brad (Iowa)

If Raiders lose Nnamdi and huff what comp picks next year?

Bill Williamson
  (2:48 PM)

At one one No. 3, maybe another.

Disinterested Gorilla (San Diego Zoo)

Do you see the Chiefs going after Dalton to succeed Cassel??

Bill Williamson
  (2:49 PM)

They worked him out, but I think he'll be done before the Chiefs woulod want to take him.

Jordon (Everett, WA)

Any Chance Pioli moves up a few spots for JJ Watt or Ryan Kerrigan?

Bill Williamson
  (2:49 PM)

If he really loves those guys, sure. But I don't think he'd go up super far to get them.

Steve (Charlotte)

The Raiders used some of the money and people still believe signing him is an option, so Al Davis will pay if he wants. He always has done that. BUT if he thinks he can live without Nnamdi, drafts Smith to replace him.... there is no reason to think the Raiders can't improve to 10 wins. Plus, how did Nnamdi improve the run defense?

Bill Williamson
  (2:52 PM)

If you think Smith will replace Nnamdi and everything he does as a I rookie, I'd say that's wishful thinking.You don't lose a guy like Nnamdi and just get better. Lots of help would be needed.

ben (paris)

who is the better qb...kyle orton or matt cassel?

Bill Williamson
  (2:53 PM)

I'd say Cassel.

Tony (Richmond, CA)

Will Michael Bush be wearing a Raiders uniforn next season?

Bill Williamson
  (2:54 PM)

I think he will, yes.

matthew (toronto)

brees or rodgers? brady or manning? ben or rivers??

Bill Williamson
  (2:55 PM)

Our QB Power rankings come out next Tuesday.Here's a hint. All of the above QBS are in my top six.

Omar (Downtown San Diego)

Will Tolbert start next season for the Chargers?

Bill Williamson
  (2:55 PM)

I think he'll play a lot, but Mathews will likely start.

Scott (Northglenn, CO)

Who would be better for the Broncos to trade next year's #1 for : DaQuan Bowers or Jimmy Smith?

Bill Williamson
  (2:56 PM)

Denver will likely have a top 10 pick next year. I'd keep it.

Richard (Greensboro, NC)

What player being selected at #1 gives the Broncos the most likely option to trade down in your opinion?

Bill Williamson
  (2:58 PM)

Newton or Gabbert. if it isn't aQB it hurts Dnever's chances, espevially in the eyes of the Cardinals because these two Qbs would fall.

Jeremy (Pennsylvania)

What do you think of the Raiders holding an official draft party for next thursday night? Sounds fishy to me, like maybe Al has something up his sleeve???

Bill Williamson
  (2:59 PM)

Many teams do that. He could be up to something, but these types of parties are normal around the league.

Scott (Northglenn, CO)

Thoughts on Aldon Smith? I've heard comps to DeMarcus Ware, and I've herad he's just a guy...

Bill Williamson
  (3:00 PM)

You are right. I think opinions are split. he hasn't played much, but he has been very productive.

Bill Williamson
  (3:01 PM)

Great hour, folks. Talk to you next Thursday before the draft. BTW, we are going at Noon ET next week instead of ourn normal time.Have a great weekend, BW.