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April 16, 4:00 PM ET
Chat with James Walker

James Walker
  (4:00 PM)

Welcome to our latest AFC East chat. Plenty to discuss, so let's get to it.

Phoenix (Lanai City)

Hi James, do you think that Jonathan Martin would be better at RT, LT, or as a reserve?

James Walker
  (4:01 PM)

I'm not big on Jonathan Martin as a LT. He replaced Jake Long there at the end of the year and was mostly pushed around. A LT plays against the best DE every week. I think Martin is better as a RT.

Tim (Richmond, VA)

How good of an idea is it for the Bills to trade back in the 1st round, in order to get more picks, to hopefully fill all of their needs?

James Walker
  (4:03 PM)

It's a real good idea. The Bills only have six draft picks and could use more. This is a deep draft but not a top-heavy draft. Buffalo can still get a good player in the teens.

steve (ny)

do u see ej manuel as a similar player to colin kaepernick? big guys with strong arms and speed...

James Walker
  (4:04 PM)

I don't see them as similar players. Kaepernick was more refined as a passer. Manuel still has work to do in that department. Both QBs are athletic, but I don't expect the same kind of impact right away.

Matt (Brooklyn, NY)

Hey James,At this moment the Revis saga is reportedly in a "holding pattern". Do you feel we are: [1] In that time period where the Jets are taking this week to see if Revis can financially compromise to stay in New York or [2] They are just trying to squeeze every last drop of picks they can get from Tampa?

James Walker
  (4:05 PM)

This is mostly about updating Revis' health and trying to get the highest possible value. The Jets can't afford Revis next year when he becomes a free agent. I expect a trade before the start of the season. The issue is will it happen before the draft.

steve (albany)

There are talks about the bills draftin Tavon Austin at 8 why is there so much hype for a guy, the bills already have tj graham who is similar to him?

James Walker
  (4:08 PM)

This could be a smokescreen, Steve. Most teams won't flat out say who they want to draft at No. 8 a week before the draft. The Bills are one of the teams who could trade down. So drawing up interest in a hot player like Tavon Austin makes sense.

Bob (Buffalo)

Would it be a smart move for the bills to spend a 4th round pick on a guy like lattimore? He would take fred jacksons position come next offseason.

James Walker
  (4:09 PM)

Running back is the one position I don't think the Bills need to touch this year, Bob. C.J. Spiller is electric, and Fred Jackson and Tashard Choice are solid players for their roles. Buffalo has enough talent and depth there. The team can spend the pick to fill other needs.

James O Ramey (Buckeye lake ohio)

Hey James my question is in the draft if you were the dolphins GM what would you do with the pick? Draft offensive linemen or go cornerback?

James Walker
  (4:11 PM)

Both positions are important, James. So I would go with the best available player at one of those two positions. Offensive tackle is very deep this year. Cornerback is not. If I player like Lane Johnson is there at No. 12, Miami should take him.

Dan [via mobile]

Should the bills just trade down in the 1st round and draft Ryan nassib with a mid to late first round pick and gain some extra picks with the trade

James Walker
  (4:12 PM)

Trading down is a strong option for Buffalo, but not for Ryan Nassib. He's more of a second-round prospect. Buffalo will probably look to him at No. 41 overall if he's available and certainly not in the top 20.

Nick (Middletown, nj) [via mobile]

Buddy Nix said today that picking a QB at 8 would not be reaching. What are your thoughts on that? Which QB do you think he's talking about?

James Walker
  (4:14 PM)

As I've mentioned about the Tavon Austin speculation, you can't believe most of what you hear from teams a week leading up to the draft. Nix wouldn't say that, because he wants other teams to trade up for a QB. I doubt the Bills would draft a QB at No. 8 after signing Kevin Kolb and Tarvaris Jackson.

Steve (Tampa)

With 9 days left before the draft, will Revis be traded?

James Walker
  (4:16 PM)

Not if the Jets continue this "holding pattern." It would be wise for NY to work out a trade now. The 2013 draft picks are more valuable than 2014 draft picks, especially to embattled head coach Rex Ryan.

keith [via mobile]

Hey james, did u know this yr is the first of many super bowl rings for young mr tannehill?

James Walker
  (4:17 PM)

I didn't know that, Keith. Interesting prediction. If it happens, you can say next year that "I told you so."

zeke (san antonio)

do you think miami tries to trade daniel thomas at the draft and picks up a rb in the later rd's? hoping lattimore falls to the 4th.

James Walker
  (4:18 PM)

I don't see a Daniel Thomas trade, Zeke. Thomas is more valuable now that Reggie Bush is gone. Lamar Miller and Thomas wil handle a bulk of Miami's rushing duties.

Ed (San Diego)

What do you think the chances of the Buffalo Bills being better than they have been with their new head coach?

James Walker
  (4:21 PM)

The bar is not very high, Ed. Chan Gailey made a lot of mistakes and only won six games two years in a row. If Doug Marrone comes in, cleans a few things up and wins seven or eight games, that's an improvement.

Carrie (New York City)

Are the Patriots in trouble without their biggest name receivers? Are their TE's now a liability?

James Walker
  (4:22 PM)

I have my doubts about New England's WRs. There is a reason why the team went after Emmanuel Sanders. However, I'm going to wait until after the draft before making a final judgement. The Patriots may be able to get a solid WR or two in the draft to erase some of those concerns.

James Walker
  (4:23 PM)

As far as the tight ends, I do have concerns. But if Rob Gronkowski (arm) and Aaron Hernandez (shoulder) are ready for the start of the regular season, that is what's most important.

Benny Bingo (The Bahamas!)

What are the chances Pats stay in the 1st round and maybe even trade into the top 15?

James Walker
  (4:25 PM)

Hey, Benny! Thanks for checking in. Don't expect New England to trade up this year. The Patriots only have five draft picks total. It would take most of their draft to move into the top 15. But New England is a candidate to move down and acquire more picks.

JR (Tampa Bay)

I know that the draft matters to every team, but of all the AFC East teams, who really needs to a great draft the most?

James Walker
  (4:26 PM)

Tough question, JR. It really is important for all teams. But I would say the Jets and Bills really need to nail the draft because they haven't done all that much in free agency. The Patriots and Dolphins plugged a lot of holes already with outside veterans.

Balti (Seattle )

what do you think about cap room situation of Dolphins for 2014 & 2015? I think it will be awful :(

James Walker
  (4:28 PM)

The numbers for future seasons won't be firm until after the draft classes are filled. But Miami will not be able to spend like this year for the next few offseasons. That is why this year was so important for Jeff Ireland. He won't have this kind of cap room again to plug holes. He must get it right.

Fineus Hornploy (Key Biscayne. fla)

To build a line for Tanny, how would you do it. Winston, Draft?

James Walker
  (4:30 PM)

Draft for now. There's nothing wrong with seeing what happens first. If the Dolphins can't get a LT in the draft, then revisit free-agent options.

Steve (Tampa)

What are the odds Miami signs John Abraham?

James Walker
  (4:32 PM)

Abraham is still on the radar of Miami and New England. But both teams are letting the market set the price and see if Abraham will take a team-friendly contract later.

Rob (Long Island, NY)

Do you think the jets would draft lattimore if he is around come 3rd round?

James Walker
  (4:33 PM)

The Jets would be very smart to take a flier on Lattimore with the expectation that he can get back to 100 percent in the next year or two. However, a lot of teams will be thinking the same.

Howard (Hawaii)

Should the jets go qb if they have multipe picks? Or should they consider drafting Tavon and Cordell in the 1st?

James Walker
  (4:35 PM)

The Jets appear content with Mark Sanchez and David Garrard competiting for the starting job. NY could take a QB, but not in the first round. I think the second, third or fourth round are more likley.

Andrew (Atlanta, GA) [via mobile]

Over or under 10 wins for the phins this year?

James Walker
  (4:36 PM)

I'm not making any predictions until I at least get to see the teams come together in training camp and the preseason. But Miami's expectations are certainly higher this year.

Jordan (New England)

Who do you like as a late 1st round receiver for the Patriots?

James Walker
  (4:36 PM)

Justin Hunter or Robert Woods. Both could fit in New England.

Matt (Stratford, NJ)

Are Warmack and Cooper really that much of can't miss studs that Buffalo could conceivably take them at number 8? If so, would it really be that bad of a pic; look how valuable Steve Hutchinson was for years. Keeping Kolb upright and creating more room for Spiller would be a great thing...

James Walker
  (4:38 PM)

Steve Hutchinson didn't even go that high at No. 8, Matt. That's the thing: It's all about the position. Warmack and Cooper are very strong prospects. If they were LTs or CBs with that high a grade, they would be top five picks. But they play guard, and that position doesn't win you many games.

eric (ny)

and who do u prefer. . warmakc or cooper?

James Walker
  (4:39 PM)

It depends on team, offensive scheme and fit, Eric. But for most teams, I would take Warmack.

Lennay (Stanford)

what qb would the bills take at #8, assuming that geno smith would be gone before then?

James Walker
  (4:41 PM)

I don't see the Bills taking a QB at No. 8, especially if Geno Smith is not there.

Joe (NY)

Should the Bills take Lane Johnson?

James Walker
  (4:42 PM)

No for Buffalo. But Lane Johnson would be a great pick for the Dolphins.

Jordan (New England)

The Pats have a glaring need at the WR position if they were not to address it in the Draft who are some of the guys they could be looking at via trade or free agency?

James Walker
  (4:44 PM)

The Patriots made their play in free agency with Amendola, Jenkins and Jones. They also tried for Sanders and it didn't work. I think New England exhausted those options pretty much. The draft is the best option.

James Walker
  (4:44 PM)

The Patriots made their play in free agency with Amendola, Jenkins and Jones. They also tried for Sanders and it didn't work. I think New England exhausted those options pretty much. The draft is the best option.

harry (miami)

Now that it's reported KC only wants a second rounder for Albert do you see him going to Miami? And why wouldn't KC be happy with a tandem of Albert and Joeckel/Fisher?

James Walker
  (4:46 PM)

Well, it's not only the second-round pick. It's also the large contract extension. The Dolphins would be giving away a lot to make that work. That's why I think it's better and more cost-effective to draft at OT, which is a deep position this year.

Yolander (Key West)

If the Jets cut Tebow, do you see an AFC East team picking him up for league minimum to play another position?

James Walker
  (4:48 PM)

The Patriots are a possibility. Josh McDaniels loved Tebow in the draft and took him in the first round. New England also has the right culture to handle Tebowmania. Plus, there's no QB controversy if Tebow lands in New England behind Tom Brady. The Patriots can use Tebow creatively without pressure.

Brandy (Daytona Beach)

Hey James. Long time 'fins fan here. I've gone thru 3 jerseys in the last 3 years Marshall and Bush to name a few. I'm wondering who you consider a safe bet to stay with the 'fins. I want my next jersey investment to last!

James Walker
  (4:51 PM)

Sorry to hear that, Brandy. That happens to a lot of NFL fans. That's just the nature of free agency. I would say the safest jersey right now is Ryan Tannehill. He was just drafted last year, and if Tannehill proves to be a good QB the Dolphins are not going to let him go anytime soon.

Greg (Buffalo)

Hey JW, what are your thoughts on the Bills moving Aaron Williams to safety?

James Walker
  (4:52 PM)

It's an interesting decision, Greg. Williams has been inconsistent and injury-prone the past two seasons, and safety is a need after losing George Wilson to Tennessee in free agency. Williams is big enough and physical enough to do it.

Harry [via mobile]

If the Jets get Tampas pick this year is a Mingo-Austin combo something you could see them do?

James Walker
  (4:55 PM)

That would be a solid duo, Harry. The Jets could do a lot of things at No. 8 and No. 13. That would advance the rebuild a little faster. I'm not big on the Jets drafting a DE in the first round for the third straight year. But I do link Mingo as a player. Austin could be electric with just about any team.

Joe (NY)

In the second round should the Bills take a qb or a different position?

James Walker
  (4:56 PM)

Definitely a QB, Joe. This QB class is very questionable this year. If you're waiting for the third and fourth rounds, you're probably not going to get a good prospect. I think the second round is a good time to get a QB with some potential. Ryan Nassib is obviously the best fit.

Barry (Washington D.C.)

Hey James. Great column. Keep up the good work. I was wondering who your sleeper pick for the AFCEast is going to be this season?

James Walker
  (4:57 PM)

Good one, Barry. Thanks for reading the blog.

Katelyn (Syracuse, NY)

Have you been watching Gruden's camp? Who has impressed you the most? I have to say so far I liked Manuel best with Nassib a close second.

James Walker
  (4:59 PM)

I have not seen all of them. But Ryan Nassib and Matt Barkley were both interesting. I saw some good and some bad. I definitely didn't get the same feeling I got watching Andrew Luck, RGIII, Ryan Tannehill and Russell Wilson last year. I think this year's class is significantly behind.

James Walker
  (5:00 PM)

Everyone, thanks again for your time and great questions. Remember to check out the AFC East blog for all the latest in the division.