To Draft Or Not To Draft: 5 Questions Before Draft Day

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Feb 20, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; San Diego Chargers general manager Tom Telesco speaks during a press conference during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

#2 – Trade down?  Trade Up?  Trade at all? (In the first round)

I don’t think we’re going to trade up.  I just don’t think we need to.  Trading down, however, is a major possibility.  The best thing I think that can happen to the Bolts in this draft is if teams do not take QBs early.  If guys like Manziel and Carr are sitting there at 25 I think we are going to get some calls for our pick.  Trading down into the second and picking up an extra pick would not be a bad idea.  The second round talent in this draft is great and we’ll be able to add extra picks and extra impact players.  If we don’t trade down then I’m still confident we’ll get a solid starter at pick 25.

My opinion: Trade down (if possible)

#3 – What’s the Catch?

Where do we go after a receiver?  I wouldn’t be shocked if we pulled the trigger in the first round if the right guy fell to us.  But I also think there are some great guys available in the 3rd and fourth rounds.  Yes it would be nice to have a compliment to Keenan Allen (3rd round), but do we need it bad enough this year to get him in the first and pass on a CB or DT?  Remember there’s still a chance that Floyd could be back this year.  There’s also still a chance that Vincent Brown reverts back to the Vincent Brown of 2011/12.

Second question: what type of WR do we want?  Do we want a big guy like Benjamin (see draft above) or a smaller, speedier guy that would fit better in our new offense (like Brandon Cooks; not saying he’ll fall to us, just using him as an example).  The bigger guy would be a compliment to Keenan and be a nice target for Rivers (who likes to throw it up to the big guys), but the faster guy is what Telesco wants in my opinion and might be a better fit.

My opinion: Cody Latimer in the 3rd (after we’ve taken care of DT and CB)

#4 The Clary Situation

Let me just preface this by saying that I’m kind of a Clary guy.  Boo me all you want but the dude just wants to help the team win.  He will play anywhere he’s asked to play and I think he did a decent enough job at RG last year.  He is, however, not worth his cap hit ($6.25 million).  So how early do we need to draft a guard, for Clary to either have to restructure his contract or be shown the door?

My opinion: If we draft a guard in rounds 1-4 Clary restructures his contract and does what’s best for the team again.

#5 Will Tom Telesco go see “Draft Day” tomorrow night for some early pointers?

Of course not!  He doesn’t need any!  Did you even watch last year’s draft?

So there’s the questions I’m looking forward to getting answers too.  Let me know in the comments which way you’d lean on these issues, or if you have any more big decisions you’d like to throw out there.

Go Bolts!

Dave O

@DaveOBoltBeat

 

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  • gpack17

    just saying…i would loveeee this draft…only thing tho is i doubt chris davis makes it all the way to 7…seantrel henderson might…

  • Matt

    I got addicted too.. this is what I got:
    25
    DT LOUIS NIX III
    NOTRE DAME
    Hard to find a good NT on later rounds and he was BPA
    57
    S DEONE BUCANNON
    WASHINGTON STATE
    Hard Hitting Safety, not entirely sold on Addae
    89
    CB KEITH MCGILL
    UTAH
    BPA and good size/speed corner 6’3
    125
    CB PIERRE DESIR
    LINDENWOOD
    Another Corner with good size we can include in the competition 6’1
    165
    RB DRI ARCHER
    KENT STATE
    BPA someone we can develop on ST at start then might take over for woodhead
    201
    WR MATT HAZEL
    COASTAL CAROLINA
    Someone to push Vincent Brown
    240
    WR SHAQ EVANS
    UCLA
    BPA and extra competition

    My strategy was mostly BPA and since I couldnt get an Offensive Lineman that means I’m gonna stick with Clary as insurance. We have enough depth right now.

    • Chris Cutty

      I think we need at least one O-line guy. 5 of the guys on the team now will not be under contract in 2015.

  • Matt

    On your draft, I’m not really sold on Jean-Baptiste cause he is a converted receiver and can’t be plugged and played. I like the Nix pick, Benjamin is high risk high reward but an exciting pick, Deanthony Thomas had a slow 40 for his height and he might not crack the 53 for a 4th round pick, same could be said with Breslin cause of his height issue for an OLB. On the other hand I liked the good value picks on round 6 and 7 for OL depth and extra competition for a CB spot.

  • Will

    No way kelvin Benjamin and Morgan Breslin fall to the 2nd and 5th rounds

  • Matt

    This is another attempt at a 7 round draft. Give me your opinions.

    25
    CB DARQUEZE DENNARD
    MICHIGAN STATE
    Getting one of the Top corners mean we don’t need to draft extra competition later.
    57
    S DEONE BUCANNON
    WASHINGTON STATE
    We get a good size, good speed and excellent SS so we don’t need to make Eric Weddle go down in the box and tackle. Plus we could move Gilchrist back to the Nickel Corner spot.
    89
    DT DAQUAN JONES
    PENN STATE
    6’4 322 pounds, collapses the pocket and led his team with 11.5 Tackles for loss (crossing fingers for next Jamal Williams.) He dominates but stamina is a problem like most NTs so we could rotate with Lissemore.
    125
    WR CODY LATIMER
    INDIANA
    6’2 Basketball bred receiver with great hands. Possession receiver and could push people after the catch to move the chains.
    165
    OLB HOWARD JONES
    SHEPARD
    6’2 but really long arms and great combine. (4.60 40yd dash, high scores in vert and broad jump, explosive burst) only knack is he played division ii but he dominated anyway with 35 sacks in 46 games he started)
    201
    G BRANDON LINDER
    MIAMI
    Nasty Finisher, Vocal Leader, Durable and Tough. (Kris Dielman type hopefully)
    240
    FB TREY MILLARD
    OKLAHOMA
    Potential Special Teams player. Played 4 years for Sooners as primary FB so he has good experience blocking. Has soft hands for a fullback and blue collar worker.

    • BuhaySD

      Not bad at all! I wouldn’t be mad if this is what our draft ended up being. Nice job!

  • CALiFORNiAkiD

    I love the first 3 picks….Sign me up.