Apr 12, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers general manager Tom Telesco (left) and head coach Mike McCoy throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Padres game against the Colorado Rockies at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Lets play GM part 1, what are the chargers needs?

Hi everybody, we are less than 2 weeks away from the draft, and with this new front office making the concept of building through the draft such an important reality, lets discuss the chargers biggest needs and maybe we’ll guess 1 or 2 of the future chargers.

Lets start with needs:

1 Left tackle: Even Mike McCoy will not designate anyone from this roster as a starter, with the historically bad Mike Harris, Philip Rivers dropped from 4,500 yards to 3,600 yards and scoring and yards per game took a major nose dive. They will draft a Left Tackle in rounds 1 or 2.

2 Pass Rusher: Both Shaun Phillips and Antwan Barnes are gone from this team, and no one else has proven production getting to the QB. Expect a 3-4 OLB to be taken in the first 3 rounds.

3 Offensive Guard: As publicized as Mike Harris’ bad play was, Tyronne Greene was pretty close to being as bad, and the fact he lined up right next Harris made the situation even worse. Typically guards should not be taken high, but the Chargers are faced with very real probability of the Best Player available in a position of need will be at a guard. Expect the chargers to draft a guard in the first round or play it more conservative and take one from rounds 3-5.

4 Nose Tackle: Both Aubrayo Franklin & Antonio Garay signed contracts elsewhere, Cam Thomas will be given every opportunity to start, but there is no depth behind him. Expect a NT to be taken between round 2-5.

5 Inside Linebacker: Takeo Spikes has been cut, and the players on the roster (Jonas Mouton, Bront Bird) are not proven. The fact Mouton was such high pick, might force the chargers to force feed him into the starting lineup. The draft will prove the level of trust in Mouton, they can draft a ILB as early as the second round or not draft any.

6 Running Back: Ryan Mathews is a maddening evaluation as he shows excellent speed, surprising power, and a true fight to get every yard he can on every carry, but mix that with not great vision, fumbling problems, he seems to miss 1-3 games every season, and he makes immature comments to the media. The Oline was horrible and clearly contributed in 4.9 ypc to 3.9 ypc drop he had last season. Drafting a RB has more to do with the injuries than level of play for me, I expect the chargers to take a RB than can take 15-25 carries per game in the 3rd-7rd round area.

7 Cornerback: As it looks right now Cox, Gilchrist, Wright will get major playing time for this team, but the depth behind them is lacking, in a pass driven league you can never have enough corners. I expect the chargers to take a corner from 3-7 round range.

8 Strong Safety: Bigby was released, Lynch hasn’t been resigned, and Brandon Taylor is coming back from an ACL tear. Could the chargers re-sign Jammer or Lynch and have them stop gap fro Taylor, or will they start Taylor from week 1, who supposedly is way of ahead schedule in his rehabilitation. They could very easily draft a Safety early, or not draft safety at all.

9 Other position that might get late round consideration:

QB: Whitehurst is not much more than serviceable, a developmental guy will a consideration.
WR: The talent level is mediocre as it currently stands, and will jump into a full need if Danario Alexander signs elsewhere.

5 Tech DE: Liuget & Reyes appear to be the future stars of this franchise, but there isn’t much to any depth behind them, a late round backup is not out of the question.

Part 2, lets do a 7 round mock for the chargers, it will not be optimistic as a Left Tackle will not drop to the chargers at pick 11.

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  • Cgoodness13

    How many times do I have to rant about this!!!!!! We don’t need another RB Mathews, woodhead, and brown are fine!!!!!!!! We don’t need to draft a OLB above round 3 because English, Johnson, and Ingram are all talented and can pressure the QB, only need another one for depth, late round pick or FA!!!! We are good at WR, infact we are to good their, might need to cut some!!!! Whitehurst isn’t as bad as people think, he’s a decent backup, might need to pick a 3rd qb in the late round or keep a undrafted FA. I agree with most everything else though. And for the fun of it….RABBLE!!!! RABBLE RABBLE RABBLE!!!!! Lol

    • tanker58p

      everything was good until you said whitehurst isn’t as bad as people think…
      you sir just lost all credibility with that statement

    • Sergio Quintero

      Mathews, Woodhead & Brown is fine, but how about those games when Mathews doesn’t play?.

      Haven’t we learned our lesson, he will miss games, simple as that. Availability is a skill, and dude will miss 1 or up to 5 games, it happens every year.

      • Cgoodness13

        In fairness, he ran behind a worse line than LT did and had the same amount of injuries I think. And if Mathews goes down then I’m fine with woodhead starting, and McClain can run the ball also.

        • Sergio Quintero

          I want the guy to succeed, I think he can, he hasn’t proven he can stay healthy.

          • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

            I’m with Sergio on this one, we do need a new running back. Were not handing the ball off much to Woodhead, we need a power guy like Bell. Oh and Cgoodness your sound like your drunk typing dude lol

          • Cgoodness13

            Let me quote you on this “Oh and Cgoodness your sound like your drunk typing dude lol” ha now who sounds like they are drunk typing :p

          • Cgoodness13

            And are we not switching to more zone blocking? We actually need a speed back.

  • Scott

    Do you realize we only have 3 picks in the first 3 rounds? We would be lucky if 1 of the 3 starts the year as a starter, when’s the last time a 1st round pick started for us. We need so many positions to fill the daft alone will nowhere do the job, this is where the front office dropped the ball. Signing so many marginal players, no restructuring any contracts will kill us. Instead of picking up 5 cheap players we could have bundled our funds and got 2 quality starters. Is this Spanos hand cuffing our GM? I’m tired of hearing we will do it with the draft, that won’t happen, I hope I’m wrong.

    • Sergio Quintero

      I fully expect the chargers to let a big bunch of unproven players sink or swim next season, I fully expect these guys will be starters until proven otherwise by draft picks:

      NT Cam Thomas
      DE Kendall Reyes
      CB Gilchrist / Wright
      OLB Melvin Ingram
      SS Brandon Taylor
      ILB Jonas Mouton
      OG Johnnie Troutmann
      WR Vincent Brown

      That is whole a lot of growing pains, maybe it works out and they are all ready to play, but don’t surprised a few prove they can’t play, and it will result in some maddening frustrating moments, and yes it will cost them games.

      • tbell11

        The only player I’m iffy about is Mouton, but I wouldn’t mind that.

    • Nate lew

      We paid Derek Cox over 20 million we didn’t just get camp bodies. We can have more than 1 starter from the draft Norv preferred playing experienced players and that hurt us. Seattle got 4 instant starters from their 2010 draft it can happen. Not guaranteeing we’ll hit a home run like that but it you should expect more from this draft, they might not be guys like earl thomas and kam chancellor but we will have at least 2 rookies start the year and probably more end it.

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

        “We can have more than 1 starter from the draft Norv preferred playing experienced players and that hurt us.”
        Thanks for saying it, so I didn’t have to. We might have more rookies with a year under their belt, and less perceived holes, if Norv & AJ had let them play.

    • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

      Way to have a open mind yikes, were going to be starting several rookies guy. Not 1 or 2 maybe up to 4. If our later picks are better then we have now then why.not? This isn’t Norv ball anymore.

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

        He’s right to a point though. Everyone is all amped up about the draft thinking that kids from college with absolutely no NFL experience can solve all our problems. Yes, the odds are great that we will be lucky to get one that is ready to be a starter–maybe two.

        Why do you think these non-experienced guys are ready?

  • Cgoodness13

    Lol anyone else think McCoy and Telesco look like a father and son throwing the ball around in that pic? Funny because they are both 40

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.villarreal.545849 David Villarreal

    If I have to do a Mock with no LT in the 1st, and no trade down. Then I would have no problem taking the best DT or best OG at no.11. Star or Warmack. I am not sold on Mingo or Jones, and we need a day 1 starter at no.11.

    If we can’t find a LT in round 1, we will be happy to find Terron Armstead in round 2. After there is a big run on QB’s in the 2nd before our pick.

    If we took Warmack in the 1st we need to address NT. In the 3rd we would love for John Jenkins to be here, If no Jesse Williams or John Jenkins we should be happy to find Brandon Williams hanging around.

    If we took Star in round 1, then round 3 allows us to pick up Brian Schwenke or Brian Winters.

    Round 4 gets fun, someone good is going to slide, could be CB McFadden, could be ILB Kiko Alonzo, maybe Christine Michael/Stepfan Taylor, or Corey Lemonier.

    Round 5 I think we go CB if we have not already. I dig Brandon McGee.

    Round 6 Corey Fuller WR, Zac Stacey RB, Reid Fragel OT, Thornton Hugh OG

    Round 7 Mike Purcell DT, or maybe Gilbert Pena NT.

    Fill in the other holes with FA’s.

    • Sergio Quintero

      I would take Warmack over Star, I think he’s just a better player, and the Oline is so desperate for help, its an easy decision for me. And you are right if they can’t get a LT in the first they have to take one in the 2nd, be it Armstead or Pugh.

  • Guest

    John Elway and I imagine more than just him says that this draft “lacks top prospects”. If that is true, then why are we focusing all our efforts there? It’s like we are saying this mantra that you build a good team through the draft, whether or not the draft even has top prospects.

    This is why Plan B – as Elway did–went to FAs. Personally, we are looking at unproven, not top notch prospects to replace some of our players that were not great, but better than totally unproven college players who the experts are saying aren’t all that good, as a whole.

    But hey, you build through the draft.

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

      That was me up there. I tried to delete it and guess it did not work. I dug a little further and Elway said that this draft lacked “top prospects” but had depth.

      Still, it brings up a good question. What happens if the pool of candidates in a particular draft are not really good? Just keep picking the best available player on the board to fill needs? Then we wonder why some of these guys remain on the bench for a year or two.