Respected draft analyst Todd McShay released his latest mock draft today and here is his selection with the number 11 pick:
11. Lane Johnson, San Diego Chargers (7-9)
AGE: 22HT: 6-6
Analysis: The fastest way to becoming a winning team again is to protect QB Philip Rivers.Jared Gaither was a nightmare at left tackle and there’s no telling if he cares enough to put in the time this offseason to turn his play around.
The Chargers can’t afford to gamble. They’ll be fortunate if Johnson lasts this long. He’s still developing but it’s obvious on tape that his arrow is pointing way north. He has made huge strides at offensive tackle — and remember, he was a QB at Kilgore Community College just a few years ago. He also has had stops at TE, DE and right tackle before landing at left tackle in 2012.
He can become a standout left tackle in the NFL if his hands continue to improve and if he keeps getting stronger.
Good ol’ Lane Johnson! Mr. Johnson.
Should I order his jersey already? The Chargers should already give him a jersey number and get his locker ready.
Everyone on the face of the earth has the Chargers drafting Lane Johnson. Message out to St Louis or Chicago or anyone else that needs a left tackle: “The Chargers really want a left tackle, so please don’t try and trade in front of us to select one! Please! PRETTY PLEASE WITH SUGAR ON TOP!”
Just in case you want to know the top 10 picks:
McShay’s new top-10 mock: KC/Star, JAX/Joeckel, OAK/Floyd, PHI/Milliner, DET/Ansah, CLE/Jordan, AZ/Geno, BUF/Fisher, NYJ/Mingo, TEN/Cooper.
— Evan Silva (@evansilva) March 6, 2013
Coradelle Patterson is available. Chance Warmack is available. But we have to settle for need.