Poll Position


So, here is my first article on BoltBeat.com. I’ll start out by thanking big Ern for the opportunity to contribute to the site. I also want to give a shout out to the other writers on here, as I am happy to be an official part of the family.

For my first post, I figured I would keep it simple, and fun. I decided to start an ongoing series of posts called “Poll Position”. It’s a play on words of one of my favorite racecar video games growing up, “Pole Position”. (OK, I just dated myself there). If that name has been used already by anybody else, just let me know, because I’m using it anyway. (unless it’s a writer on here)

I have always thought that one of the best parts of Bolt Beat is when you can see what everyone else thinks. Sometimes, it can be surprising to see how people feel, or how close the debate on a certain topic really is! You can get a feel from the comments section, but there are sometimes people who are too lazy to comment, too afraid to say how they feel about something (backlash), or people who just stop by for a few… and don’t really care to comment.

For my first poll, I will keep it short and sweet. The 2013 draft is right around the corner, and the free agency frenzy has all but subsided. There has been plenty of time to see which teams have filled needs, and which ones still have glaring holes to fill. This has directly affected how the Chargers will draft, as a lot of the teams picking before us have the same needs that the Bolts do. Some even have the resources to trade ahead of us, such as Miami.

Furthermore, there are mock drafts out there that have all 5 of the top offensive line prospects being taken before we even pick. Barring an expensive trade up, or a player falling like a gift from the sky, the Chargers may be forced to take another approach to their first pick. Maybe even trade down.

Here is where the poll comes in. I want to know which side of the ball Charger fans think Tom Telesco & Company will end up drafting. Not what you WANT him to do, but what you feel in your heart he WILL do.

After you cast your vote, I would love to hear what players you feel is worth a first round pick. #11 isn’t ideal to be picking at, with our team needs, and all of these teams ahead of us. However, one bright spot is that the amount of money we have to pay a player we draft, that makes it to his 5th year in the pros, is less starting at the 11th pick. This means that we will have the first opportunity to get a potentially great player, without having to pay him top ten money. Let’s hope we draft a keeper!!! I have posted the top 3 players at each position below. Mainly, so you don’t have to go somewhere else to find out who these players are.

Now, let’s get the conversation rolling!

Chargers possible offensive needs: OLT, ORT, OG, RB, WR

Tackle: 1. Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M 2. Eric Fisher, Central Michigan 3. Lane Johnson, Oklahoma 4. D.J. Fluker, Alabama T- 5.Menelik Watson, Florida State T-5. Justin Pugh, Syracuse

Guard: 1. Chance Warmack, Alabama 2. Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina 3. Larry Warford, Kentucky

Running Back: 1. Eddie Lacy, Alabama 2. Montee Ball, Wisconsin 3. Andre Ellington, Clemson

Wide Receiver: 1. Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee 2. Keenan Allen, Cal 3. Tavon Austin, West Virginia

Chargers possible defensive needs: CB, ILB, SS, DT, OLB, DE

Cornerback: 1. Dee Milliner, Alabama 2. Xavier Rhodes, Florida State 3. Desmond Trufant, Washington

Inside Linebacker: 1. Alec Ogletree, Georgia 2. Manti Te’o, Notre Dame 3. Kevin Minter, LSU

Safety: 1. Kenny Vaccaro, Texas 2. Matt Elam, Florida 3. Jonathan Cyprien, Florida International

Defensive Tackle: 1. Sharrif Floyd, Florida 2. Sheldon Richardson, Missouri 3. Sylvester Williams, North Carolina

3-4 Defensive End: 1. Star Lotulelei, Utah 2. Margus Hunt, SMU 3. Datone Jones, UCLA

4-3 Defensive End: 1. Bjoern Werner, Florida State 2. Ezekiel Ansah, BYU 3. Damontre Moore, Texas A&M

Which way do you think Tom Telesco will pick in the first round?

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  • http://boltbeat.com/ ChargerGirl Cindi

    Welcome!

    • Guest

      Thank you, Cindy.

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      Thank You, Cindy… I accidentally used my old profile on the last thank you.. lol, hence the guest post.

  • arnie

    Good article Peter.

    Now, those are all good prospects but to get those guys will take a a long shot, or some Luck. (haha) However, the old adage is, “…don’t draft according to your needs..”, i never liked it. And i would like Mayock you keep his yap shut. if you have a good pool of WR, why draft another one, simply because he’s the best player on your board? So enter TT, i think what he’s doing in FA is putting him a position of being able to “Darft towards those needs” without sacrificing winning now.

    My point, i think TT is setting himself up to let the board come to him, and target the weaknesses of this team, without doing something drastic. He’ll go offensive line first.

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      The fans might go “Lord of the Flies” on him, if he doesn’t.

      • arnie

        Here’s to hoping TT is as smart as he looks. ;)
        However, he hasn’t disappointed me yet. good, young, affordable acquisitions, that can play now.

        • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

          You’re smart, arnie. But King Dunlap is no prize. They about ran him out of Phily. He was not good in Philly. I would go out on a limb and say he was almost lousy. That Charger acquisition has a big question mark. Man, I hope I am wrong, Philly was wrong, and he turns out fantastic. Somebody has to come in here and rile up the team. Yes, he was affordable —players that nobody wants are all affordable. It’s not always like that, but a good portion of the time it is. On the other side, I think Danny Woodhead is going to bring it and be a big asset to the team…He is darn near working for free..So yeah, he is affordable also.

          • arnie

            Thank you Stefanie. I hear what you saying and i agree. By no means am i crowning King Dunlap the next HOF LT. However at the same time, i’m not going to throw him under the buss either. Consider the source, or rather consider who his HC was. The Chargers, by default, are better because they fired norv. You read the same article i did, on “Conditioning and development” and that should speak volumes. Those teams TT pick players up from, were either going through “cap” space to give big money to other players. Or the new staff wanted to make room for their players. Yet all the players TT acquired, give the Chargers three things they didn’t have. Durability, versatility, and depth.

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            Plus, Dunlap will be worlds better than who we had there last season

          • arnie

            The writing is on the wall…”Durability is better than Ability”….

    • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

      arnie: i am with ya on Mayock shutting his yap. He is getting it wrong more and more often.

      And how do they (whoever they are) pick the one and only draft ranking board?

      • arnie

        That too, is a popularity contest. the draft in it’s current state, is understood as “in the 1st round, is reserved for top talent players, that can come in and play right now”. Also he get’s top dollar. Sounds more like a motivation to agents, to get their “clients” in the top rounds.
        Also the combine helps, rank players by using the “measurable”, then the experts do there thing.
        However, teams use a different formula to evaluate players, which is why the experts are so way off. Mayock is mostly there, to give us something to watch, and talk about.
        Side note. how many 1st rounders are i the Hall of Fame? pro bowlers? All Pro? it’s a small list. the majority are from the 3rd round, an down.

        • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

          Yep. Arian Foster didn’t even get asked to the Combine. Tom Brady –what was he–a sixth or seventh round pick? It’s shocking how wrong they are and how many busts end up happening.

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    I’m going Xavier Rhodes 1st, Armstead in the 2nd, Cornielous Washington 3rd, and a SS or mlb 4th and 5th.

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      Ahhh…. the defensive pick. Interesting.

  • Cgoodness13

    Either we got Johnson or warmack, kinda obvious.

    • arnie

      Only if they are there at 11…

  • http://www.facebook.com/ahascall1 Andre Hascall

    I feel that we will not draft any guards early. I feel it must be whichever of the top 3 OT falls to us.
    1st round – Lane Johnson
    2nd round- I like Alec Ogletree at this point (thats just my inner linebacker talking)
    3rd round- deep class of corners, BPA at CB

  • thegorn

    It’ll be either Lane Johnson or defensive pick. I don’t think they’ll take Warmack because ZBS teams don’t want to spend too much on guards.

  • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

    Who do I think they will pick and now who I want them to pick. Y’all already have heard who I want them to pick…

    I think they will trade back and end up pick Menelik Watson. Hoping they get another 2nd or 3rd in that trade back

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      I take it you are sensing a SF or MIN trade? Or do you think we go Watson at 16 with a Rams trade?

  • Larry

    Trade down to get more picks,that’s what is going to happen.

  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    I love that 2 people picked Special Teams!

  • 619chargers4life

    im voting D in the first cuz of the trade down scenario i envision . with two OL in the 2nd round. boom.!!!!!