Q: Although the Steelers are the Super Bowl champs they can still use some shoring up on the offensive line. What is your take in that regard?
— Kenny, Wichita, Kan.
A: I would agree completely.
They kept Max Starks and Chris Kemoeatu, which was essential, but they need to get both better and younger on the offensive line. The one area where this team can really make a marked improvement is in running the ball, and some new beef up front would go a long way towards making that happen.
I would say it would make sense for the Steelers to use multiple high picks on offensive linemen in the draft.
Q: Who do you see the Cardinals taking with the 31st pick, RB or TE?
— Eric, Phoenix
A: I’m not sure they will take either because Rod Graves and Steve Keim, the men who do the drafting, tend to look for the best available player more than the player they need the most. It is a philosophy that has served them well through the years.
But when you are picking as low as the Cardinals are, there often is not a great deal of separation between players so it becomes more logical to pick for need. Assuming neither Knowshon Moreno nor Beanie Walls falls to the Cardinals, they might be best served taking a tight end. They might even be able to choose the first tight end in the draft.
Q: Is Kansas City in a position to sneak up on the division and win it this year? San Diego is another year older, Oakland is never going to win anything as long as they have Al Davis running the show, and now Denver seems to have shot themselves in the foot as well. With Pioli, a new QB and another top draft pick, It seems like a real possibility to me...Or am I just being too much of an optimist? Thanks
— Joe, Murrieta, Calif.
A: I like the fact that you are seeing the glass as half full, Joe. But the truth is the Chiefs are in the embryonic stages of a rebuilding process. They are starting from scratch.
It’s possible some of the players who were acquired even last year won’t be good fits for the new offensive and defensive schemes the team is running. The Chiefs were an awful team last season, and they have a lot of holes on the roster. My advice would be to be patient. Scott Pioli should have them turned around soon, but it would be a shock to me if it happened this year.
Q: [Michael] Vick says that he has 10 or 12 years left in the NFL. Do you agree? Will anyone pick him up? Who?
— Lane Luttrell, Prairieville, La.
A: Michael Vick will be 29 years old when the NFL season starts. How many NFL quarterbacks play until they are between 39 and 41 years old?
Vick, in fact, might have a shorter shelf life than most quarterbacks because he makes his living with his legs. Once the legs go, Vick will be completely dependent on his passing. No one can say definitively that he is a good enough passer to thrive without much of a threat of taking off and running.
But I do think there will be limited interest in Vick. He will sign a bargain contract with some team, probably for one year as a backup. And then he will be able to determine his own future.
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