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Predicting What AJ Smith’s Draft Board Would Have Looked Like


AJ Smith is no longer part of the San Diego Chargers, but his memories still live on with the fans. It is almost draft season and this is the time when AJ would get us scratching our heads. Just to reminisce on his greatness, let’s put together what AJ Smith’s big board would look like going into the draft.

Obviously, the Chargers biggest needs going into the draft is at offensive line, but he would swindle us into thinking that Johnnie Troutman is ready to start at guard and that Jared Gaither would be ready to step his game up.

The offensive line wouldn’t get addressed until the 5th round at the earliest, so you could scratch off a few prospects from the list:

Luke Joeckel, LT, LSU
Eric Fisher, LT, Central Michigan
Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
Lane Johnson, LT, Oklahoma

What else would we need? Corner help? NOPE!

AJ definitely would make sure to re-sign Antoine Cason and Shareece Wright is ready to start in the NFL. Scratch another name off of the list:

Demarcus Milliner, CB, Alabama

Our biggest need? Running Back! Definitely! Ryan Mathews was in the dog house and could quickly become “someone else’s fumbler” and we still have been looking to fill that hole that Ronnie Brown would be leaving. Put some players on the board:

Giovani Bernard, RB, Carolina
Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama

Another big need? Pass rusher. Shaun Phillips would probably depart through free agency and the Chargers didn’t get much of a pass rush last season with him. So we need some athletic bodies to get after the quarterback:

Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU
Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU
Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon

Those are the 5 players we would want to take with the 11th pick in the draft. That is the way AJ would handle this draft.

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  • RussinSactown

    You forget that he needs to make sure they have good character so look for picks out of Whatsamata U and other schools you’ve never heard of. Guys with great upside.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      We know for sure his selection would be Ezekiel Ansah… BYU! Ezekiel! That’s money!

  • Rob Base

    Make sure they are guys with great motor skills and upside!

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      Right!!! But he has a great motor!

  • arnie

    Make sure they don’t make plays. Playmakers cost to much money.

  • tubbs45

    He is currently reviewing all potential players from Northern Illinois

  • http://www.facebook.com/craig.hammond3030 Craig Hammond

    Remember Aj! Players with the best personality make the biggest plays!

  • miketuck

    For time and time again, someone has to say that Phillips might jump ship. He didn’t put much pressure on them last year. #1 he wasn’t and hasn’t been used as often as Wade Phillips used him. We blitzed Johnson who couldn’t get past the OT if he had help. Phillips was still tipping balls, int, sacking and doing the things every DE should do. Quit looking at the numbers unless you look at the time and amount of blitzes that are taken. Ever since the pro combine started people use those numbers to evaluate p[layers. It’s bogus, there are football players who need only be judged by their alround play in their Jr. Senior seasons. All the speed and size in the world won’t make you a great players.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Jamfed James Fedewa

    AJ drafts CB’s in the 1st round! He has to have two first round talents starting at CB, always…

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      Good point