Dec 29, 2012; San Antonio, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns head coach Mack Brown (right) and safety Kenny Vaccaro (4) and running back D.J. Monroe (26) react after defeating the Oregon State Beavers in the Alamo Bowl at the Alamodome. Texas beat Oregon State 31-27. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

2013 NFL Mock Draft: The San Diego Chargers Select…


Here is another mock draft from our sister blog, NFL Mocks, that uses our 11th pick in a different direction. Here is the direction they decided to drive the truck:

11. San Diego Chargers — Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
The Chargers will be on their knees begging teams not to take Eric Fisher, and maybe there’s a chance he falls, but I don’t see that happening. Kenny Vaccaro is the best safety in this class it appears, and he would be a big time upgrade to go alongside Eric Weddle in the San Diego secondary. Corey Lynch started four games last year and was solid, but Vaccaro is a guy you can’t pass on if the OT situation isn’t looking good. Oklahoma’s Lane Johnson is another option, but maybe a reach.

They passed on the offensive line selection and went to fill a hole in the defensive backfield. Eric Fisher and Luke Joeckel were already gone and that will most likely be the case, but there was a possibility of drafting Chance Warmack or Lane Johnson.

If the Chargers address some offensive line holes in free agency, then this could be a possible move. Brandon Taylor was supposed to be the future at safety, but that was AJ Smith’s guy. Tom Telesco is running the show now and he may want to fill that hole at safety with a different player. Atari Bigby and Corey Lynch are serviceable for a season, but they are not the answer.

Kenny Vaccaro could be the top safety taken in the draft. Teaming him up with Eric Weddle would create a dynamic tandem in the secondary.

The safety position is not are biggest need in the draft and we shouldn’t use our first round pick here on Vaccaro. He isn’t even the best player available I. The board. If Chance Warmack is available with that 11th pick, he will be tough to pass on.

Here is the analysis on Vaccaro from CBS Sports:

Possessing the prototype combination of size and athleticism to man the free or strong safety position in the NFL, Vaccaro strongly considered leaving Texas for the NFL after last season. Based on feedback I’ve received from league sources, Vaccaro likely would have earned a second-round selection had he left early and will compete for a spot amongst the top 32 this year.

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  • http://www.signonsandiego.com/ Ambitoos

    We need an O line more than we need defence.

  • miketuck

    OT&OG would be better off getting 2-3 players through free agency, and then drafting a couple. Reguardless I haven’t heard of Troutmans condition after surgery but with all the praying we can manage he will come through for years to come. The Chargers ought to be talking to JC Sherrit of the CFL Edmonton Eskimos, along with their QB Matt Nichols to back up Rivers and Clipboard. Sherrit is a flatout football player and proved his worth at Eastern Washington and Edmonton. He got the to short, not NFL worthy while tackling everything posible at ILB. Alongside Butler and Bryd the center of the field would be solidified by these guys. Matt Nichols showed his stuff at the Dallas preseason games but was released and is a great prospect for a back-up turning to first string in a couple years. Both these guys could be gotten cheap and are high caliber football players. They’re also local players to the west coast. Nichols is 6’2″ 225 and has a great arm and feet. Sherritt is 5’9″ 120 lb ILB and that does sound small, but just like smaal RB’s he hides behind the DL and fills the holes quickly. And his forte is his ability to tackle and bring down. Lets not forget the lowest point to bring down the bigs is their legs and shortness is a assett to getting low and gathering the feet of the runners. I know this sounds crazy, but remember Donnie Edwards wasn’t all that big either.

  • miketuck

    I’d like to add these figures to those that think this novice is nuts!!!! JC SHERRITT ILB Stats for first 2 seasons at Edmonton.

    2011 72 tackles 3 sacks

    2012 130 tackles, 3 sacks 5 int’s and 1 fumble recovery. Now tell me this guy wouldn’t be a great special teamer and back-up ILB to start with?
    These numbers weren’t a fluke he played the same way with the Eastern Washington Eagles and was flat dominate on D. When he left the team it was set back considerably.

  • miketuck

    Now as far as Matt Nichols goes his first year in CFL wasn’t his best but here goes.
    48 of 83 pass attempts for 57.8% 884 yrds 95 longest 7TD’s 3 int’s, 10 running attempts for 76 yrds longest and 1 TD. He was considered 3rd team at Edmonton. He reads Defenses quickley and his ability to avoid the rush was excellent. Matt threw to Kaufman at Eastern Washington his freshman year and Kaufman was great his freshman year. Kaufman is a solid first round WR, and mark these words, he’ll really show well in the NFL, no matter what the talking heads that rate players say. He will turn some heads fast if given the chance to do so. He’s a Colorado kid so stealing him to keep him from Mannings regimen of WR’s would be reason enough. He will cause headaches for the Chargers CB’s if he goes to the broncos.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pete.spinning Pete Spinning

    I dunno.

    SS has BEEN a need. I cringe every time I see Bigby whiff. I also think about what could have been, when I see Harrison Smith make a lights out play (effing Vikings!!!). I don’t know what the deal was with Brandon Taylor this year. I saw both Smith, and Barron start. Maybe those teams didn’t have even a Bigby who was capable of beating a rookie? Taylor had a chance to compete, but didn’t see the field until garbage time, where he got a torn ACL (bad luck for the kid). Was that because Norv is useless at evaluating talent, because Taylor was too raw, because Bigby is a proven veteran, or all 3? All I know is that he has a tough road ahead of him next season, having to come back from that injury. Lynch SEEMED decent in the last couple of games, but look at who we were playing. I don’t think he is the answer.. maybe New England will take him later.. lol.

    I just get the same feeling this guy does… Lane Johnson might be a reach. Remember, he used to be a 5th choice, and probably would not have made the top 32 before. Our situation is desperate, but let’s not get “at the club at 1:45″ desperate. Chance Warmack? I can deal with that. Especially If we can solve the the left tackle situation in FA, and draft a lower round o-lineman. I just get that nervous feeling that we are going to be looking at Johnson next year, like we are looking at Ingram right now. He is going to be a beast.. in a couple of years. I just remember being ecstatic about Ingram, and feeling kind of “Eh” at the end of the season… even though he is probably going to be great. Johnson is probably better than Harris, but is he THAT much better? I think we need a starter at LT, honestly. This is Philip’s last year to prove to SOME bolt fans that he can be elite. Do we really want to draft a rookie to fill our most glaring need? The guy used to be a QB, and has limited experience playing LT. Having said all of this, I know McCoy, and Telesco, are much better evaluators of what the right move should be than any of us are. So, we’ll see.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      This actual strong safety scares me. Check out the CBS sports link that is on the page and check out those comments. Notice a couple of Texas fans wondering why he will be a first round pick on him.

      Johnson seems like a gamble with the 11th pick in the draft. When you pick at 11, why would you want to gamble? Bring in a vet with Warmack and we will be alright

      • http://www.facebook.com/pete.spinning Pete Spinning

        Gotcha. Not encouraging at all.. lol

        I wasn’t saying we should take a FS as much as I was saying that we shouldn’t reach. I just get that eerie feeling that people want us to take Johnson out of desperation. Everything I’ve read about Warmack seems encouraging. I think he can plug in right away, and potentially make the players around him better. I won’t even get into my feelings about LT.. I would be stoned in public.. lol.

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          Haha.. Also, to one of your points I didn’t even touch. I think Norv was awful at developing talent in the draft. He succeeded early on with players that Marty developed. After those players past their prime or moved on, there was nobody to take their spots or there was nobody raised up to take their spots. Young players were taken and they always seemed to suck. Maybe AJ just started sucking really really bad or maybe Norv just could never develop youngsters. Maybe both

          • http://www.facebook.com/pete.spinning Pete Spinning

            So true. What do you think about the Pagano factor? Didn’t he have a say in who started, or didn’t? I’ve always questioned that. Ingram & Taylor are defensive players. Reyes was clearly a bright spot. Maybe Taylor was too raw, in general. I think a lot of us were expecting more out of that Charger draft class. Also, A.J.’s picks seemed to be “popular” picks, because his back was against the wall to get a pass rusher & a safety. I hope the new regime ignores the hype, and just picks the best players. Sometimes, it only takes a top notch player to turn a team around… despite their shortcomings.

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            I know what you are saying. An interesting note, Acee said that Jonas Mouton could actually get a chance to play under the new regime. That would lead me to think that it came from the top on who played.
            Reyes shined, but they had to wait for an injury to Vaughn Martin to happen before he was able to get any time.
            A lot of the payers that have developed on the defensive side of the ball only were given a chance because there was no other competition. Donald Butler took over when Coop was gone and there was nobody else. The competition was between him and Jonas Mouton for that middle linebacker job.
            Liuget started immediately. He may be one starter that actually got a chance to play over a veteran.

  • Chunkylover1000

    I would prefer o-line. If they can get more protection for rivers and sustain longer drives that would be tremendous. Keep the defense off the field. I would think the cornerback situation should be addresed before safety.

  • JRoyall16

    Nice