Jan 9, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; LSU Tigers cornerback Tyrann Mathieu (7) during a timeout at the BCS National Championship game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Louisiana Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-US PRESSWIRE

Flash Forward: 2013 Bolts Draft Possibilities



In my opinion, it is never to early to take a look at the crop of next year’s possible Chargers.

Due to contracts being up, the age of some players, or the need for depth there do happen to be some key positions which will need to be filled in the 2013 draft.

In this article you will notice that most of the players happen to play in the SEC.  If you aren’t a college football fan then let me say that the SEC is like a minor league NFL, so to speak.  It is the strongest conference in all of college football.

Additionally, the majority of these players will be off the board by the time the Chargers make their selection with the 32nd pick of the 2013 draft.  #BelieveInDaBolts #ThisIsOurYear!!

Forgive me for going a little “Twitter-like” on you there.


At the bottom of this article please leave me some comments about the players I have listed and be sure to tell me who you believe would look good in lightning bolts in 2013.


David Amerson  6’2″ 193 CB NC State

Amerson had an amazing 13 interceptions last year.  Those numbers obviously prove the great ball skills that Amerson possesses.


Tyrann Mathieu  5’9″ 176  CB LSU

Despite being undersized, every time you see a big defensive play in a Tigers game you can be sure that Mathieu had something to do with it.  He is always around the ball and making big plays.  Last season he finished 5th in the Heisman Trophy voting.  One of the most exciting players in all of college football.


D.J. Fluker  6’6″ 335 OT Alabama

Fluker is a mountain of a man.  He is very powerful and excells as a run blocker.


Chris Faulk  6’5″ 325 OT LSU

Faulk is a complete stud.  This past season was his first as a starter.  Add in another year and Faulk could end up being scary good.


Keenan Allen  6’3″ 205 WR Cal

Allen has the size that we all know the Chargers covet at the WR position.  In 2012 Allen had 98 receptions despite a rocky QB situation.  With a strong 2013, Allen could be taken in the top fifteen of the draft.


Barkevious Mingo  6’4″ 240 OLB LSU

Very athletic with great speed and agility for his size.  Combine that with his strength and there is no reason to think that Mingo won’t be drafted in the top five.


Ray Ray Armstrong  6’4″ 216 SS Miami

Coming off a rough 2012 campaign, Armstrong was smart to stay in school for one more season.  I expect 2013 to be a much better year for him.  If he can learn from his mistakes and continue to improve he will prove that coming back for another season was a very good decision.


E.J. Manuel  6’4″ 245 QB FSU

Strong armed and very mobile, Manuel received very little help from an underwhelming offensive line effort last season.  The 2013 season will be very interesting for Manuel.  This will only be his second year as a starter and I expect him to vastly improve his game.


Margus Hunt  6’7″ 288 DE Southern Methodist

Estonian born Hunt has a rare combination of great size, speed and strength.  According to NFLDraftscout.com, Hunt has blocked 14 kicks in only 3 years.


Let me remind all of you that some of these players will be drafted as high as the top 5 of the draft.  That is obviously not where I wish for the Chargers to be making their pick in 2013.  This is just a list of players to keep an eye on that I enjoyed watching last season and look forward to seeing what they can do this year.

Thanks a lot for reading.









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  • chargerrocket

    Definitely without a doubt, our first priority is at CB. Jammer is getting old and Cason contract is up. The kid from LSU is a stud. I like to get a OT but not familiar with the ones u mention.

    • BoogaP

       CB should be number one priority looking at it from today’s perspective.  But i have this weird feeling that next year is when AJ goes tackle in the first round. Yes, that would mean that I feel AJ would be here net year.  I, have predicted a Bolts Superbowl win. He wouldnt be fired after that!

  • KeenanRickless

    My vote goes to Keenan because Keenans are great!    <.<    >.>   All kidding aside, I want to see a CB brought in. I’m assuming we have a pass rush now, and we have a beast FS and a good future with SS. Now our old, slow, CB’s need to be freshened up. I think Honey Badger would be a cool pick up, if for nothing else he is a good fan pick. I am sure there are better CB’s available. But when we pick at #32….who will be left?
    Notice the pick position? Yeah….I said it.

  • zeus619

    Hard to tell now who we will select in 2013 draft. Hope we get the best player available on the board, my money is on T.Mathieu. Possibly Olineman might be a way to go to strengthen and add youth to a position we didn’t address this year; J.Matthews, D.J.Fluker, B.Jones are all really good prospects hope one falls to us.

    • BoogaP

       Notice that only OT and CB had more than one person listed? lol

  • RMainwaring

    Who knows who we will draft next year. It really depends on what our new coach wants….I mean it’s hard to say cuz you never know who might tear an achilles or something but yeah, I’m with ya at CB. I think we still need more quality depth there.

  • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

    give me the honeybadger!!!! 

  • Bleu

    man I would take the honeybadger today!

  • Dan L.

    Amerson pure cover corner with length, like that pick. I think if there is a stud OL than that is priority. I’ll throw a name out there you didn’t mention, hw about a trade up and grab Manti Te’o who could replace Spikes. Our LB core of Te’o, Phillips, Butler and Ingram?