I saw that Kevin Acee of the Union Tribune and the National Football Post have done some mock drafts that have the Chargers selecting Aldon Smith with the 18th pick in the draft and it would be AWESOME if that happens.
We need help getting a pass rush on the outside. Larry English and Antwan Applewhite were not able to generate any pressure off the edge and picking up an athlete like Smith would generate a lot of pressure.
Aldon Smith is a freak, standing at 6’5″ and 260 pounds with athleticism and speed. Pairing him up with Shaun Phillips on the edges could make for a deadly combination for opposing quarterbacks. It has been a while since we have seen production from both edges, but when Phillips and Shawne Merriman were at their best, the defense was forcing turnovers and the opposing quarterback was running for his life. Let’s bring back those days!