Why The Chargers Shouldn’t Draft A Left Tackle

September 16, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers center Nick Hardwick (61) during the first quarter against the Tennessee Titans at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

If the San Diego Chargers want to win this year, they should NOT draft a left tackle.

WAIT! What?!? WTF!!!

They shouldn’t draft a left tackle! You heard it correctly!

First off, the Chargers shouldn’t throw away other picks in order to move up in the draft to select one of the top tackles. We need those picks to add more play makers on the roster.

After the top 3 tackles on the board (maybe even after the top 2 and assuming that they are not on the board), the tackles left in the draft need additional grooming  before they can lock down Philip’s blind side. They all would be better off learning for a season or starting out at right tackle. If we want to win now, we don’t have the time to try and develop one of these guys.

Why would we want to waste a 2nd round selection on a player that isn’t going to contribute immediately? The top of this draft is not strong, but there are plenty of good players that can contribute immediately.

In the 1st round, we would be able to build on our team strength… the defense. Bring in a Kenny Vacarro to line up in the secondary and in the second round you can add a Kiko Alonso to play that middle of the defense. Check out how studly that defense looks now. Weddle and Vacarro patrolling in the secondary with Alonso and Butler taking care of the middle. We would also be able to add a corner that can contribute immediately in the 4th round this year.

What helps Philip Rivers? A defense that gives him short fields and gives him extra opportunities!

Of course we still need to address the offensive line somewhere. We still need a guard and can get a pretty good one in the 3rd or 4th round. We could get Barrett Jones or David Quessenberry around that area and they would be starters on our roster.

Then what do the Chargers do at left tackle? We have to sign a free agent to hold the fort down for a season. That’s why our conversation with Bryant McKinnie is huge. If we can bring him in and get him to hold the fort down for a season, we can then look to take a left tackle come draft time next season.

…ducks and hides from all the crap that is about to be thrown my way…

Topics: Nfl Draft 2013, San Diego Chargers

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  • 619chargers4life

    u have a point . thats all im gonna say lol

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon


      • 619chargers4life

        on an honest note. ive been flirting with this same idea the whole off season. im pretty sure i will be content with anything that happens on draft day. i think what ever happens will be better the AJ’s reaching @ss

        • kris

          This is how I feel. I think this draft should be good for us regardless. Vacarro would be awesome, Johnson would be great, Millener would be great, Star would be great, alot of options.

  • 619chargers4life

    u can also make a point that were already grooming a LT in Mike Harris and after this season rolls by that he will be ready for 2014. just saying

  • bolthead612

    Totally agree…. why take the 5th or 6th best tackle at 11? Lane Johnson would have been the 5th ranked tackle if Jake Matthews and Taylor Lewann didn’t go back to college! No tackle in the 1st round atleast! BOLT UP!!!

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

      Couldn’t agree more. Been saying that for months!

    • Julien Bélair

      what about johnathan cooper. he will be a stud at LG for 14 years. if you go defence we could draft a potential bust

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    Hurls spear through monitor

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon


  • RussinSactown

    Well I would say at the very least drafting someone like Armstead would be a good idea even if it takes a moment for him to get up to speed. But not drafting a tackle after last year’s debacle. That would be QB abuse.

    • Raymundo

      I don’t think he’ll be there at the 45th pick, but if he is, DRAFT him! Good article. I agree, if we can’t get what we want, beef up the D!

    • Sergio Quintero

      complete agree QB abuse, in a QB driven league is downright suicidal.

  • Javier

    I actually like this idea! We need all thebpicks we have right now

  • ECAVILLE/Ace of Spades

    I am not going to lie. This scenario is pretty sweet. The ultimate saftey duo and a beast of a defensive line. I still wouldn’t mind a quarterback to groom and light a fire underneath Capitans a**.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      We could take one later in the draft. Wouldn’t mind it at all. Or a undrafted dude that can be groomed

      • ECAVILLE/Ace of Spades

        Travon Austin is your hype I know but mine is Denard Robinson. Hope they pick him up if more picks are acquired

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          oooooh yea… i would love to snake Robinson in the later rounds. He is one of those playmakers and will slip real low because nobody knows what position he plays. He will take some work to develop, but just get the ball in his hands and he can make things happen

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          oooooh yea… i would love to snake Robinson in the later rounds. He is one of those playmakers and will slip real low because nobody knows what position he plays. He will take some work to develop, but just get the ball in his hands and he can make things happen

  • davacho

    trade back, trade back, trade back! can colin baxter play a guard position?

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      I think he can. Think he can challenge for a spot

      • arnie

        Wow. didn’t the Chargers just pick up three FA that can play Guards an Tackle? And a handful of guys that warmed the bench, because norv didn’t develop them?

  • kuhndog

    I agree.. how about Xavier Rhodes, Vaccaro or Star to beef up that D. Take a guy like Dallas Thomas out of Tennesse who can play guard or tackle in the second round to sure up the line over a project player like Armsteed.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      I like it. Rhodes would be awesome, but there are a lot of good corners in this draft

  • Sergio Quintero

    If you can assure me that Bryant McKinnie will sign, I will buy the argument, but in no way do I want King Dunlap or Mike Harris at LT. Rivers is 31, Brady wants to play till he’s 40, so you probably can get between 6-10 years from Rivers if you can protect him, Harris/Dunlap will shorten his career.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      It definitely would be off the premise that we can get a tackle signed. Otherwise, just toss this to crap

  • Cgoodness13

    If we ran a 4-3 like I want to, I’d agree with this, but we don’t. Taylor could be a future all pro, I wouldn’t count him out already. And to be honest, the only reason we shouldn’t draft a LT is if we grab Starks or what his name that was in Baltimore.

  • tbell11

    Bryant Mckinnie didn’t start until the playoffs and he sounds like big lazy.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      Last season… But he doesn’t get injured like big lazy… He just likes to eat. It will make him cheaper though.

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


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

    Marcus McNeil was a second round tackle who stepped in immediately in his rookie season. Two time pro bowler. Not that I don’t agree with this article, because you know I do. I just think Joe D could get a tackle coached up pretty fast, if needed. Just get em in the weight room, and feed him like a baby horse.

    • Cgoodness13

      Totally agree with you, but could you imagine how high McNeil would have gone if he didn’t have a spine issue in the draft?

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

        True. And this team most likely won’t go 14-2, like we did in 2006. Just food for thought.

  • RZ

    I would be stoked if they took Star in the 1st. He’s double team material all day..I feel our OL is already improved from last season.If the top OL’s are gone..we should go D!

    • Julien Bélair

      he will be gone way before us. he won’t pass eagles

  • tubbs45

    We do need a tackle, i don’t think they necessarily have to be from the ‘combines’ top pick. There are good options that won’t fall in the first round. There is a happy median between team needs and best on the board philosophies and I hope TT finds it! I’d love a trade back for more picks, rams, cowboys….

  • whitecat31

    I agree about not trading up, I don’t agree about getting somebody on the offensive line. If Chance Warmack is there, take him. I prefer Lane Johnson. Possibly Guard Jonathan Cooper. The Chargers have nobody decent on the offensiveline but the Center. Mike Harris is not an LT, he is a guard. In fact he was an undrafted guard. The Right Tackle is Jeromy “the Matador” Clarey. Who is rated as one of the worst right tackles in football. He also should be a guard. The Chargers had one of the three worst offensive lines in football last year. Sure they picked up Chad Rinehart, who will be servicable as a starting guard. Free Agent Tackle King Dunlap, has nicknames like Duncrap and Dunflop, from the Philly fan base, so don’t expect much from him. I would expect the Chargers to pick at least 3 offensive lineman in the draft. As for draft picks becoming first year starters, statistically first round draft picks, have a 50 percent chance, 2nd rounders 25 percent, 3rd rounders 12.5 percent chance. The only other player I would want the Chargesr to get would be Corner Back Dee Milliner. Otherwise, I am hoping the Chargers trade down.

    • Julien Bélair

      cooper is better than warmack. at least for our scheme. watch his tape its impressive. i would see cooper at 11 as a sexy pick

    • arnie

      Bling. give that man a starr for doing his homework. ;)

  • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

    Oh… Didn’t get killed as much as I thought I would

  • arnie

    LOL let’s be real Ernie i got your back. I listened to TT talk on chargers.com, and when asked by Chainsaw( local Sport talk radio host ) “..What do you do if the top tackles and guards are taken before the 11th pick?…” TT response, “…Who are the top T an G?” TT went on to explain, “…the media has their opinions who they are, and we (the chargers) have ours…” TT already knows who the Chargers are going to pick at 11. those players are already on their board.

    See, listening to TT gave me some insight. I have reason to believe, he will address the O-line in the draft. I also think he’s pretty confident with of O-linmen he already has on the roster right now. Which leads to reasonably to conclude, the may give them more oppurtunities to prove themselves, an shuffle players around, into position they do best. on that note….Mike Harris was staring RG at UCLA. they ran “zone blocking scheme”…

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