July 26, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers linebacker Jonas Mouton (57) participates in a tackling drill during training camp at Charger Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

With a possible 10 new starters in 2013, draft will confirm who the front office trusts


What does Telesco think of A.J. Smith’s most recent drafts, we will find out after the draft, who has his trust, and who gets new competition, and who gets completely replaced.

New starters on Offense:

Left Tackle: Probably isn’t on roster, a high draft should be spent on this position, or maybe a one year rental of Bryant McKinnie

Offensive Guard (2): Johnnie Troutmann & Chad Rhinehardt appear to be the early favorites.

Other players who should see a major increase in playing time: Vincent Brown, Ladarius Green

New starters on Defense:

Nose Tackle: Cam Thomas

Defensive End: Kendall Reyes

Outside Linebacker: Melvin Ingram

Inside Linebacker: Jonas Mouton

Corneback (2): Derek Cox should be corner 1, the other spot should be competition between Gilchrist & Wright.

Safety: Brandon Taylor

The math is simple the Chargers have 7 picks and have 10 spots where they fill new starters barring signings of veteran free agents, so clearly some of the A.J. Smith’s most recent draft picks will get substantially more playing time, than the measured almost redshirt system that Norv Turner used on this roster for his tenure.

With players like ILB Kiko Alonso, SS Kenny Vaccaro being discussed as players of interest for this team high in the draft, it will confirm if this front office does truly have trust for unproven and/or disappointing players like Brandon Taylor, Jonas Mouton, Larry English, Cam Thomas.

My prediction for the Chargers:

They will draft a pair of offensive lineman, with an Offensive Guard in the first round and Left Tackle in the second, and will take a Nose Tackle & Inside Linebacker in the 3-4 rounds to compete and push Cam Thomas, and the linebacker, to take the spot alongside Donald Butler, unless Mouton proves he wasn’t a wasted pick. That means no safety to compete for the starting spot with Brandon Taylor, I expect Corey Lynch to be re-signed soon after the draft.

Tags: San Diego Chargers

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    Sounds good, I can’t wait to see how this plays out

  • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

    I definitely wonder if they trust Jonas… And if they do, WHY?

    • tbell11

      I’d still draft an ILB like alonso or reddick to compete with mouton. If jonas wants the job he’ll have to earn it.

      • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

        Absolutely agree… And i would be surprised if he beat out Alonso

        • Sergio Quintero

          Beyond the chargers taking him much to high in the draft, there isn’t much to be excited about the guy.

          He was expected to 5-6 round guy, he’s a slow not overly big linebacker, who also has been transitioning from a college 4-3 OLB to an ILB, and because he missed his rookie season, last year was basically a redshirt.

          So it wouldn’t surprise me that a Kiko Alonso/Jon Bostic beat him out in preseason.

      • tubbs45

        While I think they both may be great in the future, I wouldn’t want either as starters. I don’t see us picking up a starter in the third or fourth rounds. Maybe a starting NT, maybe but e draft has a funny way of playing itself out some times… mouton is another AJ china doll, hope he proves us all wrong!

  • Sergio Quintero

    I expect Vincent Brown to be the starter and the most productive WR by the end of the season.

  • Sergio Quintero

    Pass rush is something I wish I had covered more in the article, the chargers have so many pressing needs they may not take a pass rusher early. But there is no proven pass rusher on the current roster, might they bring back Shaun Phillips on a 1 year rental??

    • Cgoodness13

      Ingram and English hardly got playing Time last season, so I wouldn’t say that. They could turn out to be total beasts or busts, we would have never known under norv who played veterans almost every play.

      • Sergio Quintero

        I understand and agree your position in terms of Ingram, I just have lost all faith and patience for Larry English, he’s moved into first round bust territory.
        Circumstance might give him another shot, as they may not draft another pass rusher, I just have zero expectations he will ever live up to anything.

  • tubbs45

    I really do like cam Thomas. While he has not been all-pro caliber, I think he can be the beast that stops the run. I have heard talk that Philip was at the compound Friday… So maybe they are in talks?

  • Alex

    I would love for the chargers to draft vaccaro. The offensive line depth in this draft is so deep, they could get away with it and have an incredible safety tandem with weddle and vaccaro.

    • Cgoodness13

      Remember when everyone had Johnson going into te 2nd round? Now he’s making a case for the number one pick. I’m pretty sure we could find a tackle just as good as him in the 2nd round. But he still has a huge ceiling, if he’s their in te 1st I’d take him, but the tricky thing is I he’s not (I’d imagine warmack and cooper are off by then) then who do we take, we have so many young unproven player on our team who hardly got playing time, we can’t tell who’s going to be good or bad. I think we will just have to let telesco do his thing.

  • C.Steele

    If the top 3 tackles are gone by our pick, I’d love to get DT Loutiel as our next option then SS Vaccaro. And, I am so puzzled why no one ever mentions current S Stuckey as a back up or potential starter at SS. That’s why he was drafted, and under Norv and AJ never given an opportunity to play. He’s a special teams stud. Is he really that terrible at his collage position? If So, we wasted a 4th round pick..

  • Sir Levitation Holmes

    I believe that Lynch follows AJ Smith to the Redskins, to play for Shanahan. CL is back on the east coast, training in Fort Myers Florida, where he grew up. He also has a chance to reunite with Rah Morris, now the defensive backs coach in WAS, who was also his coach (HC) in Tampa. Notwithstanding that the Redskins actually don’t have any starter right now for Cover 1/3 – Free Safety, it’s an open roster spot. And just to add to the pot, he went to college in NC, at App State, which has a contingency within the Redskins base, also within the Redskins FO.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      dang… sounds like a whole bunch of reasons why we could lose him… we shall see