October 29, 2011; Jacksonville FL, USA; Georgia Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt and Georgia Bulldogs offensive tackle Cordy Glenn (71) hug after they beat the Florida Gators during the second half at EverBank Field. Georgia Bulldogs defeated the Florida Gators 24-20. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

With the 18th pick the San Diego Chargers select…

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!

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  • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

    thats crazy…. as much as i would love to get more protection for Philip Rivers… first priority has to be DEFENSE!!!! We brought in one player in free agency for defense and that is not going to fix anything. we don’t even have ANY depth on our defensive line right now.

    • RussellGrant

       @epadaon  As the defense sits we haven’t done anything.  We can’t be getting into shootouts and hoping we score 30 a game.

      • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

         @RussellGrant i wish we had multiple picks in the first round like the Pats or the Bengals or something!!! we have so much need for defense! strong safety.. pass rush… defensive line depth. MORE DEFENSE

        • the gorn

           @epadaon Yeah, we need guys to go after Manning.  I don’t want to rely on flukey 6 interception games.  Manning doesn’t like pressure and that’s the way to beat him consistently.

        • RussellGrant

           @epadaon We need AJ to be a horse trader like the Pats or to trade something that someone will over pay for but we don’t have a Carson Palmer refusing a long term contract.

        • the gorn

           @RussellGrant That’s AJ’s problem.  He doesn’t horse trade.  The 49ers in their heyday, the Pats now are always bounding up and down on the draft boards.

        • BoogaP

           @the gorn
           Agreed.  I don’t feel as confident about our past record against Manning as some do.  Different teams in different years.  Cooper owned Manning.  Just my opinion.  In saying that, hit ANY quarterback “in the mouth”, albeit legally, enough times and good things will happen for the defense.

        • RussellGrant

           @BoogaP  @the gorn When you make a QB “hear footsteps” it’s a good thing for the defense. 

    • BoogaP

       It was pretty sickening.  I think Cordy Glenn will be a great player in the NFL.  But I think Tyronne Green proved he has the potential to be a stud.  He is no Dielman.  But, who is or ever will be?

  • the gorn

    “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.”
    What concerns me with AJ’s lack of concern is that he’s willing to burn up good draft choices for guys that could be picked later on.  I’m okay with him wanting the guys wants, but I’m not okay with him paying too much for them.  AJ is like a guy who buys real estate based on his own subjective evaluation of the property.  Rather than paying what the market would pay for it, he’ll pay what he thinks it’s worth.  So if everyone else is willing to $1M for a house, AJ is quite capable of paying $1.5M merely because that’s how much he thinks it’s worth.  If he were shrewder with his money, he would pay $1M and use the $.5M for something else that would benefit him. Instead, AJ blows the $1.5M on something that other people are only willing to pay $1M on.

    • BoogaP

       @the gorn
       First off, good comment.  Secondly, I really liked your analogy.
      You did, however, describe EXACTLY how a draft has to be AT TIMES.  I can’t agree with you more that it should not be that way year in and year out with the same team.  But depending on what is available at the spot in which you are selecting, you are forced to “overdraft” players.  It’s the nature of the beast.  Teams differ so much in their evaluations of players that it is not broken down the same way as “comparables” are in the real estate business. Because in football it is not as black and white as square footage, number of rooms, number of bathrooms, corner lot, location, location, location….
      Anyway, I’ll leave real estate talk to my wife.  A.J. know he has to nail this draft with big-time studs for the defense to keep his position in San Diego safe.  Some people work best under the ultimate pressure.  Time will only tell if A.J. is one of those people.
      I totally understand what you’re saying, btw.  Too many busts in the draft that were surefire picks that were guaranteed to be all-pros. 
      Thanks for commenting man!!

      • the gorn

         @BoogaP I agree that sometimes you can’t avoid reaching.  I just don’t get the sense that AJ tries to avoid doing so.

  • JohnnieLovell

    What do you guys think of Lavonte David from Nebraska as a SS/OLB?

    • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

      @JohnnieLovell I really like David!! I would love us making that move

  • zeus619

    Still feel chargers should make a strong push this year for o-line in draft. Rivers needs the protection. Look at pats, had M.Light and S.Vollmer on the roster and still drafted N.Solder. Protecting Brady was they’re first priority, they Had a high one of the best offenses last year with one of the worst defenses. Chargers already signed J.Johnson, we shouldn’t risk another bust on defense instead we should protect our QB. Look how much better we were when we brought in J.Gaither. We need more bodies on Oline. C.Glenn, D.DeCastro, R.Rieff, P.Konz some 1rst round Oline.

  • A_Eme_O_Ere

    If wishes were fishes…
    1) We sign Antonio Garay so we don’t have to entrust NT to Cam Thomas yet or draft Still, Dantari Poe or Brandon Thompson.
    2) Hope that Ingram falls to us because IMO there are no other rush OLB who are worth a first round draft pick. Kuechly and Hightower are worth 1st round picks but we already have Butler and Mouton at ILB so I don’t see AJ going there.
    3) Since we need a stud next to Weddle in this pass happy league we get Barron or Smith in the1st and Shea McClennin in the second.

    • BoogaP

       Not a big Still fan.  Brandon Thompson was a terror at the Senior Bowl.  It seemed like he played most of the game in the backfield chasing either the ball carrier or quarterback.  Poe…..dude has ridiculous athletic ability and strength.  If I’m A.J. and Poe is still there at 18 it would be awfully hard to pass on a physical specimen like him.
      Love the versatility of Hightower.  Played inside and outside at Bama and can definitely get after the QB. 
      If we were to take Barron in the first, McClellin would be the OLB I would take in the second as you stated.  Maybe Bigby was brought in as a stop gap untilBarron is physically and mentally ready to take over.
      Great comment!  Great Post!
      Oh yeahand bring back Garay!

  • joeynicks

    Only way we take OL is if we have a shot at david decastro. Other then that it will be defense i would love to see brockers come or upshaw. As long as he is from the S EC you cant go wrong

    • BoogaP

       Love the SEC.  But “can’t go wrong?” 
      JaMarcus Russell, Rex Grossman, Derrick Harvey, Tim Couch, Heath Shuler, Jonathan Sullivan, etc.  I could keep going.

      • joeynicks

         @BoogaP All of those with the exception of ONE is offensive. The SEC is the best conf. BY FAR in the NCAA. NO ONE CAN COMPETE with them Bama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia and LSU. Every year top 25 most likely 10 teams. PLUS So. Car. Tenn. Ark., … Every team except for ken. and vandy can make a run! lol All those teams produce defense.

        • BoogaP

           Sullivan and Harvey both defensive players. That would be TWO.  Know your stuff man!!  SEC is by far the best conference in college football that is obvious.  This is the NFL which stands for not for long if you keep thinking you can’t go wrong in selecting from ANY conference.  Keep trying.  You’ll be ok man.