Mar 13, 2013; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide offensive linemen D.J. Fluker (left) and Chance Warmack do bag drills during Alabama pro day at the Mal M. Moore Athletic Facility. Mandatory Credit: Kelly Lambert-USA TODAY Sports

Better for Chargers: Jonathan Cooper or Chance Warmack?


Feb 21, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; North Carolina offensive lineman Jonathan Cooper speaks at a press conference during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

If none of the left tackles are available with the 11th pick in the draft, which guard would you want the Chargers to target? Let’s assume they stick with selecting an offensive linemen and pass on any defensive players. I know some of you would rather go defense if this scenario comes up, but there is definitely a chance that we select the best guard on the board.

But who is the best guard for the Chargers?

On one corner, we have the athletic offensive lineman from North Carolina, Jonathan Cooper. He seems a perfect fit for a zone blocking scheme that we assume the Chargers will be employing.

On the other corner, we have the rugged offensive lineman from Alabama, Chance Warmack. Warmack looks to destroy players on every play and has a bit of a chip on his shoulder. He may not fit the zone blocking scheme as well as Cooper though.

The Chargers will make a solid choice selecting either Chance Warmack or Jonathan Cooper. Either of them would be able to start on the left side of the line and would be an instant upgrade for the passing and running game. Philip Rivers could have a little more comfort standing back there chucking the football around and that means a world of difference for the offensive side of the football.

Make Philip Rivers comfortable again and we could see that Pro Bowl quarterback make a return. Then we can start to compete for a playoff spot again.

Jonathan Cooper or Chance Warmack?

Tags: San Diego Chargers

  • Martymar

    Who ever will help I don’t care lets get someone!!!

  • Preston Niedert

    In a perfect world the chargers would like to draft both but its going to be the B.P.A approach.

    • veazy

      So who is actually the better player?

      • Preston Niedert

        Cooper only because he seem like the type of player the chargers need. Now that there going with a ZBS. If they weren’t then I say draft warmack cause he a power type while cooper is quick and fast.

      • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

        My opinion: I think Chance Warmack is the better player. Cooper might be the better fit for the team. Warmack is battle tested and tries to dominate anyone that steps in front of him. He has a little bit of nastiness in him too.

        • Preston Niedert

          Exaley cooper fit with the chargers need. While warmack would be a good pick there a good chance he goes off the board as well.

        • tbell11

          Let’s see, the last time the Chargers had a nasty playing style LG it was Kris Dielman. I’ll choose Warmack, but if the Rams do want to make that trade I’d be all for it.

        • Sergio Quintero

          Agree on the position, Warmack is probably the better player, I would take Warmack and bet on him fitting the system me personally, but I would okay with either, in particular if they are able to trade down.

  • Rob Base

    Cooper I think is the best fit.

  • JoseSD

    I think Cooper could be had way later how awesome would it be if the Rams want Cordarelle Patterson and trade their 16 and 20 something to move up to 11. we could get Cooper then maybe Trufant in the first

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      That would be a lot to pay for Patterson, but I would love it

  • Joel Garcia

    Warmack has star potential. And we wouldn’t worry about Vasquez departure.

  • Cgoodness13

    Neither, A CB

    • nate

      Now read the 2nd sentence.

      • Cgoodness13

        Trade down then, copper is a top 15 pick, so trade down to 15-20 then draft him

        • nate

          Puts us in a bad spot. If we find anyone to trade back with and Johnson and Warmack are gone can we really trust no one to get Cooper between 11 and 15-20? I agree with taking CB though, just not what the post was about.

  • Nolan

    Jonathan cooper

  • Srcn

    Even though he is not a perfect fit for ZBS (which I doubt the Chargers will switch to), you simply cannot pass up a lineman as good, as strong and as dominating as Warmack, especially when the O-line in question is completely lacking in talent and depth.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      Great response… I am all about Chance Warmack on this one

  • thegorn

    If the Chargers are committed to ZBS, they’re not going to bite on Warmack. I would love Warmack to wear the blue and gold, btw. However, I think the Chargers showed their commitment to ZBS when they let Vasquez go. Instead of reaching for an LT, I think they may go for Star Utelelei. The Chargers seem to love the 3-4 even when it hasn’t served them in awhile.

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    Though they are both very good looking men (cough) I’m going Warmack, I wanna see that belly hanging out on a reg.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      ahhahahaha… that is the best part about it. the belly gotta hang out

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

    Warmack. He’s the best player available for sure. But, if we get Cooper, no love lost. Both great players. Seems like no matter which way we pick (or trade) at 11, we will have a playmaker in lightning bolts on our hands. Very nice.

  • RussinSactown

    You can always find a use for a man who can pancake a defense. Picture this: 4th quarter. You have to grind out some yards to kill the clock. You tell Warmack to drive his man into the ground over and over again. He can learn to zone block and rely on his power moves to make those new skills that much more deadly.

  • Zeus619

    Warmack is an aggressive mauler who could shape up to be a probowler for our team. Something SD needs to shape up the left side of their line after losing Dielman.

  • Jonah Lee

    Enough of the negative attitudes, we’re going to draft hard and strong!!! We are the San Diego Chargers and we are bad ass!!! and we will dominant!!!!

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