It has been a bit since we checked in with the FanSided NFL Mock draft to see what will be happening around our selection at 11. Since free agency has changed the landscape a little bit, I figured it would be good to check back in and see if anything has changed with our selection.
With the 11th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the San Diego Chargers select…
11. San Diego Chargers – Lane Johnson, OT/Oklahoma
Thanks to some great Senior Bowl practices, Oklahoma’s Lane Johnson is rising up draft boards at a pretty quick rate and due to some names dropping out he could go higher than expected. Jake Matthews and Taylor Lewan deciding to return to college means there’s a lack of supply for the high demand of offensive tackles at the top of the NFL Draft. San Diego is going to want to protect Philip Rivers and that starts with improving the offensive line.
In the mock draft, left tackles Luke Joeckel and Eric Fisher were selected 1st and 2nd overall. If that happens in April, I guarantee that Lane Johnson will not last till pick 11. Someone will jump in front of the Chargers to make that selection. I am sure that the Miami Dolphins would want to leap frog the Chargers after losing Jake Long to the St Louis Rams.
I am not as opposed to taking Lane Johnson as I was a few weeks ago though. We need a left tackle and if Johnson can lock it down, I will take that chance. We need so much help on the offensive line, that I will take anyone!