November 3, 2012; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Jarvis Jones (29) walks through the Dawgwalk entering the stadium before the game against the Mississippi Rebels at Sanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

San Diego Chargers Draft Watch: Georgia LB Jarvis Jones

It just seems like those tackles are not going to be there come pick 11. Mock drafts still have the Chargers selecting Lane Johnson, but that is because they do not account for potential trades and such. Someone is going to want to move up for the Left Tackle and the Chargers likely will not be the one to do so.

So, what do you do with the 11th pick when all those left tackles are off the board?

You pick the best player available. Jarvis Jones has been on a rollercoaster on draft boards because of concerns of his health. Jones was diagnosed with spinal stenosis in his freshman season and that will have teams scrambling to get him cleared medically.

He led the country in sacks (14.5), tackles for loss (24.5), and forced fumbles (7) despite missing two games. He is a playmaker off of the edge in a 3-4 defense.

The San Diego Chargers already have Melvin Ingram and Jarret Johnson projected to play the outside linebacker role this coming season, but we are looking for an elite pass rusher to add to the team. Jones would definitely help the team bring the heat and would force one of the other guys to move to inside linebacker.

The offensive line problems would have to be addressed in the next couple of rounds, but if we can get that mean pass rusher and the tackles are gone, then we might have to jump in on that.

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  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    Jarvis is probably going to be better then Ingram, with that said I’d love it made 100% sure his health checks out then take him at #11 which would send JJ to the bench (wouldn’t be the case if Norv was still here) but JJ & English could be their backups and that would work. Either way i think JJ should be coming off the bench, dude’s as slow as Spikes and is not a playmaker.

    • Ernie Padaon

      i think he could be better than Melvin also… but would need his neck to check out!

      • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

        I would not mind at all watching these 2, Butler and Lieg get after the QB on a regular. Our D was bomb last year but our pass rush was not very good.

        • Ernie Padaon

          and freaking kendall reyes too.. i wish JJ was able to transition to the middle, but i bet Melvin would be the guy to move to the middle

  • Preston Niedert

    If OT isn’t on the board the draft OG chance warmack or Jonathan cooper

  • kris

    we need a middle linebacker!

    • Ernie Padaon

      we also need a pass rusher

    • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

      and 1 OLB to take Phillips spot. JJ is not the answer

  • tiiiiiiiiiiit11

    Melvin is a hell of an athlete, but I definitely think he would project better at the ILB role. Jarvis Jones would make our defense scary.

  • Cgoodness13

    If we draft a lb in the first round, it will be a ilb, and that’s only if ogletree falls to us, we will not draft teo unless its the 2nd round.

    • Ernie Padaon

      Ogletree will be there… Why wouldn’t we get a pass rushing LB in your opinion?

      • Cgoodness13

        Ingram is Phillips replacement, Johnson can get some sacks, English has potential, Phillips might comeback with a cheaper contract, etc

        • Ernie Padaon

          But all the guys you named were there last season and we struggled getting a pass rush

          • Cgoodness

            All them? English and Ingram have never started. You can’t judge them yet. Before we try to draft another pass rusher, we should give these guys a try before wasting a 1st round that could be used to fix the oline . Both of them were 1st round talent, and were miss used by norv.

          • tiiiiiiiiiiit11

            If ogletree falls? I haven’t seen 1 mock draft where he is taken before the 20th pick. Te’o shouldn’t be taken at all because he’d be the laughing stock of the NFL making his team the laughing stock as well. English SHOULD never start. He has been a bust for 4+ years, how can you not judge him?
            I hope you are a 2nd grader or something.

      • Raymundo

        If no tackles are available and the brass dont want a guard that high, trade down and hope Ogletree is there or a corner like Trufant or Rhodes. Other wise get a big DE like Ezekial Ansah ( love that name!) if he slips or reach for Datone Jones. Every mock Ive seen has us taking Lane but I doubt he’ll be there.

        • Cgoodness13

          Lane should be our pick, I’m happy with troutman and that one dude we just picked up in free agency from the bills as our starters at guard. Not happy with clary or Dunlap as starters, Gaither should be salvageable, the new o line coach and conditioning coach are hardasses

  • Gavin Tabangcora

    Drafting him would be too risky, especially long term with his frequency of consistent pain that can sideline him unexpectedly. His risk of serious and permanent injury is extremely high. We’re building a new core from the ground up. High first round picks should become tent pole players. The Chargers can take risks when we have that core established and can afford a looser style. We have real issues that need to be addressed and it’d be poor form to start a new era on the wrong foot. The player selected needs to be a safe bet with maximum impact and yield. We’ve yet to make any big free agency moves in my estimation with the exception of Derek Cox and many of our older guys are moving on (with my blessing quite honestly). It’s wise to clear our previous burdens of an overspent cap with a GM and coach who were attempting to save their jobs. Let’s be smart, and more importantly, have some patience. In two or three years when we see the result of these early draft prospects, we’ll have plenty of opportunity to be critical and want a more aggressive approach. Our road back to the top of the AFC West begins on April 25th. Count on it.