Potential San Diego Chargers 2014 NFL Draft Profile: Mississippi State OG Gabe Jackson

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Nov 2, 2013; Columbia, SC, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs offensive linesman Gabe Jackson (61) in the game against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Williams-Brice Stadium. The Gamecocks defeated the Bulldogs 34-16. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Chargers are going to find some help in the secondary this draft and will likely get some help with the pass rush, but an area that doesn’t get a lot of attention is that offensive line.

The Chargers still could use some players on that offensive line that will be holding down that front for the next several years. Jeromey Clary is a name that Bolt Beaters talk about a lot. Many people feel that he is not going to be the future at the position. We need to find someone who will be here down the road.

Clary does his work and does the dirty work, but he is holding down the job at this point because nobody else on the roster can take it from him. The Chargers could bring in some competition for that job this offseason through the draft by taking a player like Mississippi State OG Gabe Jackson.

Jackson is a big man who lines up and is looking to dominate players. He is looking to physically beat on them. We need a player with that type of attitude up front. We already have a nasty player with D.J. Fluker on the right side and having another one like Gabe Jackson would give us a physical team on offense. The running backs would love to run behind that front. With an offensive line like that and the clock control offense that we already have established, we could be dominating games by running it down their throats all over again.

Jackson is a player that we could consider in the 2nd or 3rd rounds of the draft. That usually is the time when most people want a pass rusher or a wide receiver, but a dominant offensive linemen could give this team a nice edge on offense.

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  • Calman21

    Looks good.

  • Sergio Quintero

    I have no feeling on where the chargers will draft an offensive lineman, they could go as high as the 2nd round or completely go undrafted.

    My best guess is somewhere around 2-4, I have really liked Trai Turner & Dakota Dozier at around round 3-4.

    • Tazzster

      My guess is first round…. next year.

  • tubbs45

    Jackson, Turner and Bitonio are three realistic linemen I would love to have wearing the bolts!

  • Gunnar Martin

    He’s my second favorite behind Su’a-Filo. Then Dozier and Turner. I like this class.

  • Cgoodness13

    So basically he’s ideal against a 4 down set?

  • arnie

    A friend of mine once told me “…the Chargers should only draft from the SEC….” After getting Fluker i can see why. This may surprise some people but i’ll keep banging the drum. This draft is stacked with CB an WR. Not so much with line-men, defensive or offensive. My guess they could look to the first three rounds to address those needs. The flat truth is you build from the inside out. Cam Thomas question was answered, and moved on. The Center an Guard positions is still up in the air.
    This Kid would make a great fit and if he’s still there in the second, or third round, he may be in the Bolts uniform.

  • Derek

    we have the best oline coach in the league, no reason to draft anything more than a developmental guy at 5th rd or later. especially since we got all our guys back. i suggest we grab a developmental center everything else regarding o line can be addressed next rd of FA and draft.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      wouldnt you want to give the guy some talent though? we had one of hte best quarterbacks in the league and we didnt give him anything to work with and he struggled. Still need some talent and he can turn that guy into a hall of famer

      • Derek

        ur right, but our needs are much greater at other poisitions. db, nt, wr. we were a top ten offense with a line of guys who didnt know eachother and none of which were established stars. we have the same line coming back, compared to a dline that struggles to be decent and a defensive back field that depends heavily on the rush due to lack of star power. not to mention our wr corps that has been decimated by injury along with not compinsated like other teams. also look at recent history, when is the last time a stacked o line got to the super bowl? you could say the pats, however a stacked d line beat that. to me this says defense is key. phill struggled not due to lack of recievers, but like other qb’s, harassment in the pocket. phill proved with tutu he can hit anybody anywhere, he just needs time. so to me the only question is should we draft a wr or olineman first. the first 2 picks NEEd to be defense.