Feb 25, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Florida State Seminoles defensive back Xavier Rhodes catches a pass during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

San Diego Chargers Draft Watch: CB Xavier Rhodes

Mock drafts still have the San Diego Chargers selecting Lane Johnson with the 11th pick in the draft and that is alright with me. If Lane Johnson is there, then there will be no hesitation on our part to run up to the podium and be done for the day. There just is a feeling in me that says that Lane Johnson will not be available at number 11.

We already looked at the possibilities of taking either of the top offensive guard prospects, Chance Warmack and Jonathan Cooper, yesterday. Today let’s look at the possibility of taking a corner with the 11th pick in the draft. Dee Milliner likely will not be available with the 11th selection, so we will have to look in a different direction.

Today we will revisit the idea of selecting FSU CB Xavier Rhodes with the 11th pick in the draft. If the offensive tackles are off the board and one of the offensive guards doesn’t get you giddy, then looking in the direction of Rhodes is a legit option.

The Chargers signed Derek Cox in free agency, but likely will need another corner to start opposite of him. Shareece Wright and Marcus Gilchrist could battle it out for the starting position, but in a passing league and sitting in a division with Peyton Manning, we better get all the help we can for our pass defense. I am not sure how long Shareece will hold up before getting bit by another injury and Marcus Gilchrist doesn’t seem to be  the best option to be a starter.

Xavier Rhodes has good size at the corner spot, standing at 6-foot-2, 210 pounds. He is quick, has good makeup speed and  make plays on the football. He likes to get physical and jam players, but that could also draw some pass interference flags in the NFL.

Having Rhodes and Cox on the corners would definitely help the pass defense get more physical and help support against the run. It could give the guys up front that half second they need to pick up a sack, instead of being a half second late on plays. That means Melvin Ingram would actually get there on time!

A lot of people have Rhodes getting selected by the Miami Dolphins with the selection right after the Chargers. He is the second best corner prospect in the draft, behind Alabama’s Dee Milliner. He wouldn’t be a bad option to select with the way the current roster is built. In this league, you can never have too many good corners.

We would then have to find offensive line help in the next round.

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  • Cgoodness13

    Yes I agree if warmack and Johnson are off the the board, go CB

  • http://twitter.com/BReisinger86 Brandon Reisinger

    I like it! Looks like hes got great ball skills! If this is the direction we went and we could get a serviceable SS we could have a very intimidating D. This years draft is so deep at OL i’m we could fill holes in rounds 2-3 for the OL

  • RussinSactown

    He looks like a physical corner. That would be a good fit.

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    I am hoping Geno goes really early like the Jags and hopefully the Bills or Cards make a dumb quick choice and also follow suite and take a QB. Man that could really open up every ave. for us.

    Or we could have just played Whitehust at the end of the year and had pick 7…..Doh

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      i am right there with you

    • RussinSactown

      We could have just let Whitehurst play the last 8 weeks and been a top 5 pick but we’d all have killed our livers by now.

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

        Mine’s dead already… It was that last year of status quo that did it.. Lol.

  • Marcus

    Looks real good! shame we cant get him and lane.

  • Nate Lew

    I honestly believe this pick makes us the best possible team, at least only looking to next year. Down the line if Johnson is a franchise LT who could potentially save us 10′s of millions over a free agent then he is a better pick. But our defense has some truly dominate potential if we had corners on either side that could take receivers out of a play or force them to look elsewhere. Very few times was Cason locked down on or even in the vicinity of a WR to make a play on the ball. Rhodes paired with Cox and Weddle behind them! Almost doesn’t matter who the SS is but if Taylor recovers I’d be amped about our chances this season.

    • Cgoodness13

      Taylor should be a elite SS in the future, he wa the captain of one of the best DB fields in college history

  • Sergio Quintero

    Eventually you have to trust Gilchrist & Wright, Cox is one starter and the other has to be one these guys, plus the SS will be Brandon Taylor. The only way this changes is if the draft makes it clear the new front office doesn’t trust them.

    In QB driven league, if you have a pocket passer and a horrible OLine you are getting nothing done. Rivers in 2010 had a great Oline, and a multitude of WR’s who were mostly mediocre and put up a career high 4700 yards, if you fix the OLine Rivers can cover up some major flaws in the offense, and the defense will have less pressure to carry this team.

  • Steve Diaz

    if the three top left tackles are taken, i think we may pick a DT for our first pick. After Garay and Franklin left, the only option we have is Cam Thomas. We desperately need depth at the DT position. There will be plenty of options to pick offensive line help in the 2nd and 3rd rounds. We many pick a CB in the 4th. imho.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      i know what you are saying. there are a lot of good corners in this draft and the depth for players at nose tackle won’t be there later.

    • RussinSactown

      If we are going this route we trade back a few places and get a few more picks. We don’t need to pay a DT #11 money.

  • Cgoodness13

    Honestly, if we do get a CB in round 1, every game we play will looks like the jets game last season, so I believe we should go CB 1st if Johnson isn’t available