Even though the Chargers are still technically in the hunt for a wildcard berth, its time to start looking at potential draft picks to close some holes on the team. According to the Sports Illustrated Mock Draft 3.0, (see entire mock draft), the Chargers will select Ifo Ekpre-Olomu with the 13th overall pick.
The first corner off the board (though Tennessee, Pittsburgh and a couple teams above could be in the market there). The Chargers have to improve against the pass, and bringing in an aggressive corner of Ekpre-Olomu’s ilk would set the table.
I have watched a few Oregon games this season and I like what I see from him. He would add some much needed aggression, quickness, and athleticism to the Chargers’ defense. However, I am not sold that the Chargers should take a corner with the first pick. There is a steep learning curve for young corners transitioning from college to the NFL passing game. Even cornerbacks seen as pro-ready prospects generally do not make an immediate impact. (See recent top corners: Dee Milliner, Morris Claiborne, Malcolm Jenkins, and of course, Antoine Cason)
I am not even sold the Ifo Ekpre-Olomu is the top corner in the draft. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t think there is a corner in the draft worthy of the 1st round pick, especially since the free agent market will be stacked with good corners this year. I would prefer picking a left tackle, such as Cameron Erving, and finally putting an end the the turnstile at left tackle.
Since it’s still early in the (far from scientific) NFL mock drafting process, I wanted to see what everyone thinks the Chargers should do in the 1st round. Let’s get mocking.