Apr 26, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Melvin Ingram (South Carolina) is introduced as the number eighteen overall pick to the San Diego Chargers in the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers Draft: Seven Rounds, Seven Studs



Thanks to AJ Smith’s ingenious decision making ability it has officially been announced that the San Diego Chargers will not be receiving any compensatory picks. Sure, Vincent Jackson only went on to be the NFL’s 5th leading receiver with 1,384 yards and a trip to the 2013 Pro Bowl. No big deal, right? Last off-season, Smith tried hard to save his job and in the end we lost our star wide receiver, gave up big money to busts and didn’t get anything for our loses. Robert Meachem and Eddie Royal combined for 441 yards. Smith could have signed three Robert Meachem’s and three Eddie Royal’s and they still wouldn’t have exceeded the production of Jackson down in Tampa Bay. That should be enough to say good riddance to a stubborn, impersonal General Manager. Tom Telesco needs to re-load this team and as promised he said he would do it through the draft. We have one pick in each round which presents the opportunity to find seven studs. Here are my assessments on the kids we might target in each round based on need, value, quality and availability.
Round 1 (Pick 11)
- Chance Warmack, Guard – Best guard in the draft.
- Lane Johnson, Tackle – One of the top three tackles in the draft, there’s a huge gap in quality after Johnson.
- Or trade back a few spots in the first round in addition to a few extra picks

Round 2 (Pick 45)
- Jamar Taylor, Cornerback – With Derek Cox on board, we might not go in the direction of a cornerback so early.
- Terron Armstead, Tackle – After the first three tackles are off the board there’s a drop off in quality. If we take Warmack a tackle is still a priority.
- Kevin Minter, Inside Linebacker – One of the top inside backers in this year’s draft.
- Jesse Williams, Defensive Tackle – Flying under the radar, could potentially play nose.
- Justin Pugh, Guard – A decent option at guard.

Round 3 (Pick 76)
- Sylvester Williams, Defensive Tackle
- Robert Alford, Cornerback
- John Jenkins, Defensive Tackle
- Brandon Jenkins, Defensive End
- John Jenkins, Nose Tackle

Round 4 (Pick 110)
- Brian Winters, Guard
- Larry Warford, Guard
- Leon Mcfadden, Cornerback
- Christine Michael, Runningback (With Danny Woodhead on board, a need for runningback isn’t a priority anymore)
- DeVonte Holloman, Outside Linebacker

Round 5 (Pick 145)
- John Bostic, Inside Linebacker
- J.J. Wilcox, Strong Safety
- Tony Jefferson, Free Safety (Switch him to strong safety)
- Sean Porter, Outside Linebacker

Round 6 (Pick 179)
- Hugh Thornton, Guard
- Kevin Riddick, Inside Linebacker (If he’s still available this late)
- Zac Stacy, Running Back
- Reid Fragel, Tackle

Round 7 (Pick 221)
- Lonnie Pryor, Fullback
- Zach Boren, Fullback
- Anthony McCloud, Nose Tackle
- Josh Boyd, Defensive Tackle

Note that the draft is an ever changing game. Players in different positions will be picked up earlier or later based on needs from other teams, which affects our draft design. It will be Telesco’s job to find the best available player when it’s our turn to pick. Who would you like to see drafted to the San Diego Chargers?

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  • chargers001

    i hope we pick up tony jefferson. hes from san diego, went to eastlake. would love to see him play next to weddle!

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    I am not on the Ansah bandwagon anymore he’s going to go before #11, but if not I would still go with him or Jordan if either is their at #11 and 0 of the big 3 LT’s are there, also would like Warmack if all 5 of them are gone.

    What do you guys think of Manti in the 2nd? I’d rather have Bostic maybe in the 3rd or 4th and a Leon Mcfadden in the 4th. Sometimes all these guys name in the 2nd round on all start sounding similar and give me a headache lol. If Corney Washington is there after round 4 I’d grab him too gotta love guys that are bigger then anyone at the combine and run like a deer, dude looks likes he’s on mad roids lol.

    We need like 2 extra picks, damn you AJ. Next year were getting a couple for sure.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      i honestly wouldnt mind picking up Manti. I know he has all that ridiculousness following him, but dude was productive in college.

      • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

        SD might be a nice quite place for him to land too, especially how TT and MM like to keep quite about everything I think it would work. If he’s there in round 2 why not we’d get our ilb to pair with Butler for years to come. In that scenario I would take Warmack then Manti, can’t go LB in both rounds.

        • http://twitter.com/robsaye Robert Saye

          Dead on, also Manti will be playing with a chip on his shoulder if he drops to the second. I would love to have him, and his fake girlfriend as well!

  • Chris

    Here’s my draft watch list for the 1st 5 Rds, in order of personal preference:
    d. 1
    Trade down and stockpile picks (too many team needs and lack of depth)
    Johnathan Cooper (better fit than Warmack at zone-blocking)
    Lane Johnson (potential franchise LT)
    Jarvis Jones (if he drops due to medical concerns)
    Star Lotulelei (NT)

    Rd. 2

    Trade down and stockpile picks (see above)
    ILB Manti Te’o
    CB’s Jordan Poyer, Johnthan Banks, Jamar Taylor

    Rd. 3
    OT’s Terron Armstead, Kyle Long
    OG’s Justin Pugh, Brian Winters
    NT Brandon Williams

    Rd. 4
    RB’s Johnathan Franklin, Joseph Randle
    OG Hugh Thornton
    OT David Quessenberry
    CB’s BW Webb, Leon Mcfadden
    S DJ Swearinger
    LB Travis Long

    Rd. 5
    CB Tyrann Mathieu
    LB AJ Klein
    S Tony Jefferson
    C Brian Schwenke

    Many quality players can be found in the 3rd, 4th and even 5th rd of this draft. In my view, trying to stockpile picks within those rds will yield the best future for this franchise.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      im liking that list

      • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

        Nice, sign me up

  • Cgoodness13

    Why not Tyrann Mathieu in the 2nd round? We need more than one starting CB ya know lol

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      maybe 4th… if we want to reach, 3rd

      • Cgoodness13

        Why are people so negate torwards this guy? Remember he shoulda been a top 10 pick if it wasn’t for doing what ever it was that got him kicked out of LSU

        • Cgoodness13

          Errr never mind I see why they are negative, but what I ment was his skills are worth the pick

        • http://www.facebook.com/tuckerp1 Tucker Peterson

          So what Tyrann smoked a little weed in college, who didn’t? He is a great special teams guy and a pretty impressive corner. Had a bunch of ints and FF his last season. I would take him in 3rd rd for sure and be tempted in the 2nd. Would take a guy like Teo before Mathieu tho (in second)

  • OP Bolt

    If the top three OTs are gone by the time the Bolts go on the clock, I would support a trade down for more picks. Unfortunately, I don’t think we are in a good spot for that. The teams below us are there because they had better teams, and GMs last year. The perennially good ones don’t do self destructive things like giving away draft slots.
    Having said that, I wouldn’t disagree with the best OG or the best CB in round 1 if the top 3 OTs are gone. Our stable of CBs needs to be up to par for two games a year against the reloaded Broncos. In light of a large contingent of OL available in later rounds, and our depleted defensive backfield, I think a CB here makes a lot of sense. If we did take a DB in the first, I would probably take the best available OL in round 2. If a potential super pass rusher like Jarvis Jones fell this far, it would be a very tough choice.

    Regarding RBs – I think I would wait for UDFA. Assuming Whittaker is now well/rehabbed, we have 4 pretty serviceable backs. I would rather use the available slots to fill needs, build a bench, load up the next generation.

  • Torque

    I like Nebraska RB Rex Burkhead for a late round pick or a undrafted free agent. He is a Welker/Woodhead type RB receiving back. He is a great back/receiver. He was used as a workhorse in Neb. which caused durability issue, but in a 2 or 3 back set he would be awesome. I honestly think that’s one of the reasons NE let Woodhead and Welker go.

  • tbell11

    How about, 1. OT-Johnson, 2. ILB-Minter, 3. DT-Williams, 4. CB-McFadden, 5. SS-Wilcox, 6. WR-Stills, 7. QB-From Duke.