Draft Draws Near

The Draft draws near! In just a little over a week the San Diego Chargers will have a big draft ahead of them. If A.J. and company don’t mess this up, we could be legitimate contenders in next year’s playoffs! Most of us are all happy with what A.J. has done so far, but now is the time he could put us on our backs or make us go through the ceiling. How do you predict a teams draft that is just as predictable as Lindsay Lohan on her birthday? No one can see where the Chargers are going. A.J. might not even know what he will be trying to do come time. He’s been acting like Danny at the end of, “The Shinning.” Covering his tracks up as he goes through the snow … or in this case South Bend… and Alabama… and Georgia… and you get the point. No one can predict strongly where A.J. wants to go with the 18th pick.

 While most of us have come to the conclusion that the Bolts need to go defense A.J. commented on Michael Floyd’s pro-day. Don’t be shocked if we have 2 Floyd’s. A.J. has been known to reach and trade to get his man. In lament terms A.J. gets what A.J. wants! So this is my final draft (get it? Ha-ha). This is how I think the Chargers Draft will go in the first 5 rounds of the 2012 draft.

 First round 18th selection- Nick Perry, LB/DE, USC- Chargers need pass rush. Nick Perry is from USC. USC puts out linebackers… ELITE linebackers! You should know one already… Junior. Not to mention Clay Matthews, Willie McGinest, Lofa Tatupu, and Keith Rivers just to name a few. All of those players were or are main stream players. Perry not only has an amazing pass rush but has a great talent of getting in the quarterback’s face. He brings a relentless pass rush and works hard to collapse the pocket. He will have great linebackers to learn from as well. One worry was his size and he took care of that by gaining muscle. I see them making a move for Perry, especially since they passed on Matthews. Look at what happened. So if the Chargers need to trade they might just do so. Keep and eye out, It could just happen

Second round 49th selection- Harrison Smith, SS, Notre Dame- This would be a HUGE possibility especially if the Bolts make the move for Perry and settle. Smith may need some work but IS worth it.Harrison has amazing athleticism and can be ready for opening day. He will be next to Weddle and I am sure Weddle will have no problem helping Harrison with his tackling technique. Harrison Smith would be a great pick for San Diego, it would work out, and results would be there. Landing these two players would be HUGE. It would also make an instant impact.

Third Round 79th selection- Brandon Washington, OG, Miami (FL)- Well the ‘Canes are renowned for producing NFL talent, and Brandon Washington could be no different. With his underrated upper body strength and great footwork he would fit San Diego’s system perfectly.Washington is a great pulling guard, so he would work well in screens. His long arms and brute force aren’t drawbacks either.Washington needs to become better conditioned and needs to fine tune everything, but he can definitely justify occupying this spot.

 Here are quick 4th and 5th rounder’s:

 Fourth round selection 110th selection- Trumaine Johnson, CB, Montana

 Fifth round selection 141st selection- Ronnie Hillman, RB, San Diego St. (Wish list pick)

 Without a shadow of a doubt this is by far the most important draft San Diego has had in recent past. A.J. needs to pull a rabbit out of his … HAT! What did you think I was going to say? Even though this draft isn’t as talent heavy as last years, there are some good hard workers there that can make it in the next level. While A.J. might surprise us all come draft day, it’s possible that we could come out with some key role players for the 2012 team. All we have to do now is wait. Any believers that we will kill it in the 2012 Draft?


Joey Nicks

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  • KennyRedman

    I think we have to pull the Hillman string in the 4th. But good picks

    • joeynicks

      Thanks Kenny I have a STRONG feeling we will try to find another Darren Sproles, and I REALLY like what I read about Hillman’s off season. IDK he could develop into a big piece for us if we get him.

  • biggsybolt

    Joey, I like it, except I don’t expect Hillman to be around past the 3rd round. I would love to have him. I also expect a QB to be taken between rounds 4-6 ,we all know clipboard Charlie really isn’t a viable backup. I really believe the reason we got him is cap room and previous knowledge of Norval’s system. He will probably end up like Jason Garrett.

    • joeynicks

      @biggsybolt yeah its a wish thing i thought he had a AMAZING combine. People will over look him but not much slim possibility we could move up for him.

    • chargers_recharged

       @biggsybolt I agree with your points that you put across.  Hillman will be tempting for many of the teams in the league from the 3rd Round on; his versatility is key, and can be potent for many styles of offense.
          And, yes, Whitehurst’s familiarity with Turner’s system is a huge reason as to his return.  So, a prospective rookie QB could certainly be in the cards.

      • joeynicks

        @chargers_recharged @biggsybolt im not worried about QB but it would be nice to be secure if by some high odd chance rivers does go down

  • RMainwaring

    Nice but I think Chargers should stay away from offense until after the 3rd or maybe even the 4th round. I like Ronnie Hillman if he were to play a role like Darren Sproles did but he probably won’t be available by the 5th round. I see him getting picked early. I’m thinking that A.J. will pick up a qb in the the 5th or 6th round and an offensive lineman in the 7th.

    • joeynicks

      @RMainwaring there is a certain Yale QB that might be available in the 7th lol

  • A_Eme_O_Ere

    Perry is going to be a hell of a player but as a 4-3 DE not LB.

  • chargers_recharged

    Great post Joey.  
    I like the idea of having Phillips and Perry as the bookends and outside containment/QB hunters. With Jarrett Johnson in the rotation as well, could be a potent mix.(Those Ravens sure do know how to pick ‘em!)
    The whole AJ ‘what will he/won’t he do’ draft day moves are always intriguing…to say the least!
    If Harrison Smith were to be available for our second pick, it would be a tremendous pick-up for a very promising talent;  that is if there isn’t some bold trade up for Barron(long shot, but one never knows).  I’m all in for a DE/OLB beast, though, as first pick.  

    • joeynicks

      @chargers_recharged thanks man appreciate the love! Perry is nice butthis talk of hightower gets me excited if no hightower then love perry/upshaw SEC is a defensive conference would love a defensive player from there but perry is def no slouch he has potential to play in the NFL

  • sdboltzfan

    I doubt Smith will be around for our current second round pick. 

    • joeynicks

      @sdboltzfan i should have put it in that if we get Smith we’ll make a trade up for him he’ll be gone mid to early second