Ranking the punters and kickers in the AFC West

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

We're continuing our periodic AFC West position rankings with the best kickers and punters:

1. Shane Lechler, Oakland, and Mike Scifres, San Diego: This will likely get Oakland and San Diego fans heated as both groups think the punter on their respective teams is the best in the NFL. Neither fan base is wrong. I truly believe Lechler and Scifres are tied for being the best punter in the NFL. Lechler has the big leg and consistency. Scifres has a big leg and great touch. His work against the Colts in the playoffs was mind-blowing.

3. Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland: Janikowski isn't perfect and he misses a lot of makeable kicks. But he has strong leg and he is one of the better kickers in the league.

4. Nate Kaeding, San Diego: Kaeding is an underrated kicker. He is consistent and should have a long career ahead of him.

5. Dustin Colquitt, Kansas City: This is a deep list. Colquitt is a top-level punter when healthy. He became famous when Kansas City coach Todd Haley cited him when asked what the new coach liked about the team he was inheriting.

6. Brett Kern, Denver: There is a big drop-off from No. 5 to No. 6 on this list. But Kern has a chance. He has a strong leg and he was decent as a rookie last season.