San Diego’s Draft Desires

As the draft is rapidly approaching teams are gathering stats, looking at film, and making their big boards. What does San Diego’s look like? Is A.J. going to pull a switch-a-roo and land a top 10 pick? What is the best option for the Bolts? These are some of the quesitons  that will all be answered in time, but can we develop an idea, or an opinion about what we think will happen? OF COURSE! It’s why we are fans. It’s also why we, as arm-chair owners, watch our team.

San Diego had a little dry spell last year, but not to worry it could come to an end this year. Corey Liuget hasn’t been a bust and is improving as time goes on. With 19 tackles and 0 sacks there is room for improvement. Vincent Brown was a big part of our bruised and battered recieving corps. This year has been labeled by many as his coming out year. Marcus Gilchrest even made his presence felt with 34 tackles, and 2 interceptions. It might be hard for people to see, but A.J. usually hits nicely in the draft. So time will tell with last years draft of what we actually got out of it.

With all that being said patience is a virtue, and the Chargers are waiting still for an instant impact player! Unfortunately, this years draft posses only few of those players. So our free agency success helped the Chargers a lot more then what people think. Instead of investing all the money in Vincent Jackson A.J. addressed multiple issues. Receivers? Got it. Quarterback? Got it. Tight ends? Got it. The biggest problem as of right now is protection, and pass rush. So the positions the Chargers will most likely go in would be offensive line, or outside linebacker/defensive end. I just don’t feel there will be instant impact players available at the 18 slot.

As a Chargers fan with the first round, you want pass rush, but as a football mind expect them to go offensive line. If by some chance David DeCastro (OG Stanford) falls low enough, A.J. would be stupid not to lick his chops! While people may be moaning and groaning it’s a perfect fit. He comes from a pass first Stanford team. Norv believes that Green is a potential starter but DeCastro would be a solid starter in the NFL. Technique and nastiness are great attributes that DeCastro posses. Now, if by chance Courtney Upshaw or Michael Brockers fall they might be possible fits for San Diego. Both have a nastiness, and dominance they bring to the game with an upside. If there’s a choice, Brockers would fill the open DE slot. Upshaw is attitude, and a decent pass rush. Not to mention he played for an amazing Bama defense. If he drops close enough look for San Diego to trade up. The Jets preach pass rush, and they will need to get ahead of them to possibly make the move.

Second round has been up in the air, I have seen mock drafts having the Bolts reach for a TE. I don’t, … AT ALL. If the scenario works out where the Chargers trade up for Upshaw they won’t have a second round pick most likely. This pick should be dedicated to either offensive line, or a pass rush. Which ever one you can’t address in the first, why not address it in the second? If that is not the case, I will throw a curve ball at everyone, Lamar Miller would be a STEAL that late in the second round. He carried the Hurricanes offense last season, and had BIG play ability. Miller posses speed, agility, and enough of it to be a starter in the NFL. I would love to see this with McClain, Mathews, and Miller. Talk about, “Earth, Wind, and Fire.” If they chose not to go either route a corner back is also a possibility. Sad to say but Jammer is getting older and they need a play maker in the secondary. If Janoris Jenkins (CB Bama) is on the board, he might be worth taking a look at. The only thing I am not fond of is that he has off-field issues. I am not a fan of a player who has been labeled with that.

In the third round expect the Chargers to go running back to get a, “Scat Back.” Someone like Sproles. Miller is a dream, but lets be honest, dreams never come true. If they did the Chargers would be 28 time Super Bowl Champions. Ronnie Hillman most likely won’t be available. If he is San Diego would definitely scoop him up!  Another low key great player would be Trumaine Johnson (CB Montana). He can make plays, and has a nose for the ball. Not to mention his build (6’2” 205 pounds) will help him with positioning. Johnson had 15 picks in 4 years, and 2 were to the house.

When everything is said and done, whoever is picked just needs to perform. A.J. has a thing for a solid plan. How has San Diego’s window been open for so long? Not that I believe in windows. If everyone knew who would be a player they would be picked already. San Diego will have a bust again, it’s as inevitable as it is for every team. What ifs, could of’s, and should have’s will always be in play. We can still be a big hit, as long as we get players who can make them.

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  • hubblemw

    @chargersbuzztap nice , I do agree AJ hits more often than misses. Fill up the trenches with MONSTERS AJ ;)

  • VEazy

    Stanford does not have a pass-first offense, otherwise Luck would have easily won the Heisman.

    • BoogaP

       @VEazy
       Good point!  Not to mention, the Pac10….errr Pac12 is not exactly the best conference anymore.

    • joeynicks

      @VEazy stanford for the most part was problem was jim jim left. If he doesn’t leave they win the national title. Believe it or not headcoaches mean a lot

      • BoogaP

         @joeynicks  @VEazy
         Joey-
        He’s a Chargers fan, of course he knows how important coaching is!!!  LOL!
         
        Just a little jab at Turner.  Knowing that it’s a make or break year for him, I’m gald he’s back.

  • BoogaP

    Miller might be there in the second at 18.  But I doubt it.  He possesses great speed and vision.  No WAY do we take a RB in the second.  LIght the torches, if so. 
     
    There is absolutely no way that Jenkins is there in the second. Off-field issues or not, he is gone in the first.  This is a passing league now and that is what it will continue to be for quite some time.  CBs are at a premium.   Period. end. 
     
    Open spot at end?  Vaughn Martin and Corey Liuget are our starting DEs.  Write that down.  Liuget was a rook and Martin really came on as the season progressed. Depth is needed.  Open spot? Tell that to #92 and #94! In addition, Thomas looked strong in the middle at nose, as well.  Again, we need depth.  Garay anyone?
     
    There isn’t, and won’t be, another Sproles. I get your point though.  Third round will be for either a third-down back or TE. 
     
    Hillman will be there in there third.  Hope he makes it to 18.  I would rather have Rainey.  He is a better pass catcher and has homerun type ability. 

    • joeynicks

      @BoogaP there’s no way hillman drops to us, i highly doubt it. Looka corey’s stats. He came along during the season but 0 sacks?!? 0 sacks! Youre happy with that?!? Stop i will agree with martin but as you mention this is a pass happy league annd if you cant put pressure on the qb or even rack up tackles for that point. Theres no room for you in the NFL. PRODUCE thats how you keep your job. Im willing to give corey 2 more years but we need a instant impact player at de. Honestly im hoping DeCastro falls to us but who doesn’t love an SEC defensive player?!?

      • BoogaP

         @joeynicks  @BoogaP
         Yeah I’m very pleased with Liuget.  As a 3-4 DE I don’t expect him to get many sacks.  Neither do the Chargers. Nor does ANY team that runs a 3-4. Sacks from that position are obviously a plus but not the main function of the position.  Liuget’s main job is to open up rushing lanes for the LBs.  Same as any 3-4 DE.  Again, sacks are great.  I get it.  And if you want to use the argument that we still didn’t generate enough rush behind him then take a look at who we had rushing the QB from the OLB position.  Barnes did very well and benefited from the likes of Liuget and Martin doing their jobs. LaBoy, English, and Everette Brown aren’t exactly skilled pass-rushers.  Not to mention Phillips was banged up and missed time last year. 
         
        Anyway, good article.  Love DeCastro.  He will be great.  Tyronne Green played very well in relief of Dielman and others.  Green was a former d-lineman at Auburn who was converted to play o-line.  Sound familiar?  Not the same I know. Miss Kris already and the season hasn’t even started.
         
        Oh, and about Hillman.  Is there “no way” or “do you highly doubt it?”  Just kidding man.  I think there is a good chance he’ll be there.
         
         
         
        Keep up the good work!

        • joeynicks

          @BoogaP thanks i like ss barron but honestly that sounds too good to be true. I dont see norv and aj being smart enough for that. As for corey i played dt in college and high school so i understand the 3-4 de but honestly as a player your main objective is to do your job and DOMINATE! Dont get me wrong we were hurt on defense athletically BUT that means he needs to pick the slack up. Martin i like but we also don’t really have depth. Costillo is gone and we need to fill his shoes we saw last year what we were looking for this year. I dont like it. We have no attitude or drive. If you get a de who can rush duble j will be on the field as well. I always believed create havoc in the backfield and the rest will fall in place. As for hillman he had WAY to good of a combine to drop in the draft. Plus his attitude is outstanding. If we want him that bad we’ll have to reach in the second i feel. And we don’t need him that bad with mathews and mcclain mathews is gonna be beast this year too. Just has to secure the ball. I would love him in the third BUT i just find it hard to believe he will be there.

        • BoogaP

           @joeynicks  @BoogaP
           Congrats on playing DT.  Anyway. Was it in a 3-4?  Doesn’t matter. 
          I’ve always felt that if we found the next Reggie White that everything would fall into place!!  LOL.   I played the game from age 7 to 18.  I coached, albeit pee-wee football, for three years.  I have officiated the game for three years at the youth, middleschool, and highschool levels. 
           
          We, obviously, need depth on both the offensive and defensive lines.  All you did to address the 3-4 argument was to say that you played DT…. COME ON MAN! All I was debating was you quoting Liuget’s sack numbers.  Which, like the spelling of Humphries, business, and honestly in your bio, are wrong.  Although it was just one sack; know your stuff man. Jarret Johnson will be a starter whether we bring in a DE or not.  He is the new starter opposite Phillips.  Book it. I’m out.  Keep working on it man.  You’ll be ok.    

        • joeynicks

          First of all my bad on the 0 sacks it was one, the website I looked at was incorrect, … it had 0. Second off I am not trying to fight you or anything lol we are on the same team. If you think so I do apologize. Getting back to my argument, No matter 3-4 4-3 Goaline you have set jobs to do, BUT you also have the obligation to try to make the tackle/get the sack, or make a play. I know dub will be the starter at OLB but what about DE we need a big play guy on defense still. I still would love the barron pick though. I would be happy with Barron, DeCastro, Upshaw in that order.

        • BoogaP

           @joeynicks
           Last thing I’m worried about is us fighting.  It’s your writing. You argue for the sake of arguing and you are starting to show that you really don’t have much football knowledge at all.  I am a firm believer in second chances though.  Each time you have tried to debate me you have been dominated by facts.  I can tell you like the game and the Chargers.  Those are the reasons that we are on the same team.  I have shown you the door multiple times.  I think its you that needs the reminder that we are on the same team. We’re cool though, honestly.  And I apologize for making you look like a fool.
           
          Your bio still hasn’t been fixed.  LOL!
           
          If you are looking for a “big play guy at DE”  look no further than Martin or Liuget. Keep working on it man. You’ll be ok. 

  • PureLife92

    You do think that we will be looking for  a SS in the Draft? 

    • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

       @PureLife92 we need a strong safety bad!!! BAD!!!!!! i would almost say as bad as we need a pass rusher, but we need that BAD also! 
       
      DEFENSE DEFENSE DEFENSE

      • BoogaP

         @epadaon  @PureLife92
         Strongly agree.  Starting to wonder if we might go Barron in the first.  I would rather get a pass-rusher in the first most definitely.  But Barron is so much better than the other SSs in this draft class.  Don’t get me wrong, I like Harrison Smith but he isn’t nearly as good as Barron.
         
        I still want Nick Perry!

        • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

           @BoogaP  @PureLife92 i actually started thinking that way also!!! there are a lot of pass rushers in this draft and the depth behind barron at safety is short.
           
          wouldnt be too disappointed if we went that way… but it still would be a surprise

        • VEazy

          @epadaon @BoogaP @PureLife92
          How about picking up Tony Jefferson when he leaves OU? Recruited locally from the San Diego area, it would take another year or two, but he’d be awesome.

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