On March 21st, Edub, Ernie Padaon, our fearless leader at Boltbeat, put out his mock draft. He also noted that all of our mock drafts at Boltbeat will be published in walterfootball.com’s mock draft database. So I took the time to look at who was taken with the Chargers’ 18 th pick in the first round. No, I didn’t look at every mock draft in their database. But I did look at every mock that had been updated, as of 11:28p.m. yesterday, since the Bolts’ last free-agent acquisition on March the 19th. Here are the results!
The following guys all generated one vote after viewing 58 mock draft’s first round selections:
Michael Floyd WR Notre Dame
Peter Konz C Wisconsin
Alshon Jeffery WR South Carolina
Quinton Coples DE North Carolina
Dontari Poe NT Memphis
Donta Hightower ILB Alabama
Only two players received two votes and they were Mike Adams (Tackle from Ohio State) and Janoris Jenkins (CB from North Alabama and formerly of Florida).
These players received three or four votes and they are:
Michael Brockers DT LSU
David DeCastro G Stanford
Devon Still DT Penn State
Whitney Mercilus DE/OLB Illinois
Fletcher Cox DT Mississippi State
Dre Kirkpatrick CB Alabama
Mark Barron SS Alabama
The only player to receive 5 selections was Courtney Upshaw DE/OLB of Alabama.
Nick Perry, DE/OLB, of the USC Trojans received 7 votes! While finishing in second place. This is my choice for the Chargers to take with their first round pick.
And now, with the 18th pick in the 2012 NFL draft, the San Diego Chargers select Cordy Glenn G/T from Georgia. Glenn received an astounding 12 votes of the 58!
I would not be totally devastated with Glenn, or most of these players, to be honest with you. I feel very strongly that we need a dominant pass-rusher. But if the past tells us anything, it won’t be ANY of these players. A.J. falls in love with guys that some folks have much lower grades on per their own evaluations. A.J. is not concerned with the evaluations of others. And for that, I have much respect for him. But please take a pass-rusher in the first!