Apr 26, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Melvin Ingram (South Carolina) is introduced as the number eighteen overall pick to the San Diego Chargers in the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

BoogaP's Chargers Mock Draft: Version #1


Apr 26, 2012; New York, NY, USA; A general view as members of the military are honored during the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

 

As we all know, it is now the mock draft season that will become the focus of our down time until late April.

Last year, my mock draft yielded only one correct player.  I also guessed the round in which he would be drafted. 

That player would be tight end Ladarius Green.  Although Green was rarely active during the 2012 season, I do believe he has a bright future in San Diego.  He will definitely need to bulk up to be able to compete in the NFL.  My confidence level has risen significantly, in that regard, knowing that the strength and conditioning staff has been fired.

But, enough of that talk.  Let’s jump right into my first mock of the Chargers 2013 draft.  I’ll do a brief write up below each individual player and why I’m suggesting that they would be a good addition.

Enjoy and please leave some comments at the bottom of the article.  I’d love to hear some of your ideas on who you would like to see wearing lightning bolts in 2013.

 

Round 1:

Eric Fisher OT Central Michigan

Fisher is having himself a great practice week in Mobile leading up to the Senior Bowl.  So good, in fact, that he may be forcing teams to draft him in the top ten.  That being said, I am counting on a couple of QB hungry teams to overdraft an incoming collegiate player far too soon.  Fingers crossed that Fisher is still on the board at 11.

Round 2:

Desmond Trufant CB Washington

Like Fisher, he may be having “too good” of a showing in Mobile.  He has looked fantastic in off man and man coverage in one on one drills.  He’s very aggressive and uses his hands very well.  He will have to be aware of the NFL’s rule about no contact after 5 yards though.  He is a guy that is capable of plugging in immediately if necessary.

Round 3:

Andre Ellington RB Clemson

Ellington is a bit smaller in stature but has that explosive burst that you love in a running back.  His vision has improved and he shows good balance.  He should run the forty yard dash in the low 4.4s at the combine. 

Round 4:

Nico Johnson ILB Alabama

Good size and good speed as well for the position.  Johnson would be a nice compliment to Donald Butler in the middle of the Charger 34 defense.  My opinion is that he would take a year to learn the NFL game and then be a big contributor in year two.  If drafted by the Bolts, expect him to contribute on special teams as a rookie.

Round 5:

Hugh Thornton G Illinois

In the 2012 draft, San Diego selected Johnnie Troutman from Penn State.  I expect the team to give him every opportunity to start in 2013.  I see Thornton as a value pick if he indeeds falls to the fifth round.  Depth on the offensive line is very crucial, as all Charger fans know very well.

Round 6:

Tyrann Mathieu CB (Formerly of LSU)

Similar to the issues that Alfonzo Dennard had going into the 2012 draft, I am going out on a limb and assuming that Mathieu will get into trouble between now and the draft.  Despite a checkered past, he is a serious ballhawk.  If by chance he can straighten up his act, he is easily worth a flyer this late in the draft.  I actually expect him to be drafted in the mid second to early third round.  But, again, there is probable cause to assume that he might have one more run in with the law that pushes him this deep into the draft.

Round 7:

William Campbell DL Michigan

Campbell is a behemoth of a man at 6’5″ 318 pounds.  He would most likely provide depth at defensive end for the Bolts’ 34. 

UDFA possibilities:

Onterrio McCalebb RB Auburn , Jake Stoneburner TE Ohio St, Cooper Taylor SS Richmond, Dayne Crist QB Kansas, Brandon McManus K/P, Eric Stevens FB Cal, Johnny Adams Cb Michigan State

 

Well there you have it.  This is the first edition of my mocks prior to the 2013 draft.  There will, of course, be many, many more. 

 

Stay tuned for my Free agent acquisition possibilities article that will come out tonight as well.

 

Thanks a lot for reading. 

 

BoltUp!!!

 

BoogaP

 

 

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  • Chunkylover1000

    I like it. I hear there is going to be a lot of depth in rounds 3-4. Not sure if I like the mathieu pick but if he’s around in the later rounds why not. Speaking of former LSU players whatever happened to demetrius byrd?

  • http://twitter.com/ibesyke Off Season Mode

    WHaT UP BOOga>> NiCe HOMe WOrK I Dig IT

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Edward-Moretti/100002785058214 Edward Moretti

    Warmack will be there at 11. We will take him. Or not.

  • Preston Niedert

    Eric fisher will be a reach and several teams ahead of us need a OT so stay put and draft OG chance warmack and in the second round draft OT Kyle long and pick up a CB and NT as well as a RB

  • Rob Base

    I think Fisher will be gone. What about Lane Johnson? Also like your 2nd pick. I like Jorden Poyer Cb from Oregon. 3rd pick Ellington for sure.

  • davacho

    not sure about the names, but i’m down for the positions- oline and dback. nice draft. : )

  • tbell11

    I heard the Rams are thinking of trading up and the Chargers might be buyers. The deal might be the Rams second first round pick and there second round pick for our first. If thats the case, OT Lane Johnson in round 1, CB Desmond Trufant in round 2 and NT Jessie Williams also in round 2. Like the 3rd round pick of RB Ellington, he’s like Sproles 2.0. I also, like the round 4 pick of ILB Nico Johnson to play alongside Butler. In round 5, I like the OG pick, but what about Larry Wartford out of Kentucky, he’s been playing well at the Senior Bowl. Round 6 could be on WR Jasper Collins who played well in the shrine game. Round 7 could be used on depth.

  • miketuck

    Truffant is a really nice pick for CB, I’d stick closer to home for alot of the picks. USC puts out some really good Olinemen along with several other Pac-12 teams. We want guys that are Fans of the westcoast teams and want to play for the Chargers. Committment is everything in sports. You don’t want to invest in a player who trains with your team only to go to another when their getting to their peak. I always see Charger writers and fans going after SEC and Big 12 players. The Chargers and other west coast teams need to look at future free agents such as Clay Mathews, and other great PAC 12 players that are becoming free agents and look to be lifetime players at a high level. I have enough common since to know that the west coast puts out high calber players every year. We don’t have to look far to find the players who fit the roles the Chargers need compliment the existing players. Bush with Mathews would be a great combo for a passing team.