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Could Akeem Ayers be our guy at 18?

Would you be disappointed if the Chargers were left with Akeem Ayers with the 18th pick in the draft? If all the top defensive ends are off of the board, then he may be our choice. We could possibly select Aldon Smith or Ryan Kerrigan, but Akeem Ayers is the best option of the three. Ayers is not projected to be drafted until the end of the first round and some say that 18 is too high to select him. We need to select the best player that can fill our needs and Ayers may be that guy.

Kerrigan played defensive end for Purdue and will be a converted outside linebacker in the NFL. It will be a whole new position for him and with this lockout in full motion, he does not have the benefit of mini camps to prepare him for that position. He can get after the quarterback and he looks to make big hits to cause turnovers, but the transition from defensive end to outside linebacker could stop the Chargers from selecting him in the draft.

Aldon Smith is a huge RISK and in the first round of the draft and we cannot afford to make these risks in this draft. Smith shows a lot of potential with his combination of size and athleticism, but he is a risk to fizzle out or get injured. Some just don’t think that he will produce in the NFL and that he is just a project. We can’t take that risk at this time and we need to look a different direction.

Just because Akeem Ayers is projected to go later in the first round, it doesn’t mean that he would be a bad pick at number 18. He is am athletic linebacker and has a quick burst off of the line to attack the quarterback. He played linebacker his whole tenure at UCLA and could be the player we need on the outside to take the position from Larry English. He just may be the player that AJ selects on Thursday. He would make an instant impact to the defense adding aggression off the edge and could be the player we needed to fill the hole that Shawne Merriman left when he started falling apart.

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  • chargers dude

    we should go after kerrigan if he is on the board. i dont think much of Ayers

    • http://boltbeat.com Ernie Padaon

      ayers is going to be a good player… i dont htink we can go wrong with kerrigan either

    • charger jeff

      its going to be Jimmy smith 6 2 lock down cb aj can not let this guy go by

  • sound the charge

    i really like Ayers as a player, but i just hope that we have a chance at jj watt or cameron jordan

    • http://boltbeat.com Ernie Padaon

      both defensive ends are going to be good… we should have some good players on the board when our spot comes up

  • bolt price

    this guy is going to bring instant gratification to some team. he is a stud and has tremendous upside. i dont understand why he is projected to go late in the first round. he should be up toward the front of this draft.

    he is the best linebacker in the draft after von miller

  • Bill

    “Could Akeem Ayers be our guy at 18?”

    No.

    • http://boltbeat.com Ernie Padaon

      you not interested in akeem ayers? i would much rather see a defensive end, but what happens when jj watt and cameron jordan are off the board?

      you go with wilkerson? or kerrigan as the linebacker?

  • whiz kid

    here is some proof that ayers is not first round material

  • whiz kid

  • http://www.twitter.com/kencaminiti21 Phil

    My 1st round wish list
    1. Cam Jordan
    2. JJ Watt
    3. Ayers

    I’ve read scouting reports on Football Outsiders and National Football Post on Kerrigan and I don’t think he’ll be anything other than an average player. With his red flags — not athletic enough, can’t cover, more of a power rusher — I wonder if he can play OLB in the 3-4. He seems like a better fit for a 4-3 team.

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