Jan 9, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; LSU Tigers cornerback Tyrann Mathieu (7) during a timeout at the BCS National Championship game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Louisiana Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-US PRESSWIRE
In my opinion, it is never to early to take a look at the crop of next year’s possible Chargers.
Due to contracts being up, the age of some players, or the need for depth there do happen to be some key positions which will need to be filled in the 2013 draft.
In this article you will notice that most of the players happen to play in the SEC. If you aren’t a college football fan then let me say that the SEC is like a minor league NFL, so to speak. It is the strongest conference in all of college football.
Additionally, the majority of these players will be off the board by the time the Chargers make their selection with the 32nd pick of the 2013 draft. #BelieveInDaBolts #ThisIsOurYear!!
Forgive me for going a little “Twitter-like” on you there.
At the bottom of this article please leave me some comments about the players I have listed and be sure to tell me who you believe would look good in lightning bolts in 2013.
David Amerson 6’2″ 193 CB NC State
Amerson had an amazing 13 interceptions last year. Those numbers obviously prove the great ball skills that Amerson possesses.
Tyrann Mathieu 5’9″ 176 CB LSU
Despite being undersized, every time you see a big defensive play in a Tigers game you can be sure that Mathieu had something to do with it. He is always around the ball and making big plays. Last season he finished 5th in the Heisman Trophy voting. One of the most exciting players in all of college football.
D.J. Fluker 6’6″ 335 OT Alabama
Fluker is a mountain of a man. He is very powerful and excells as a run blocker.
Chris Faulk 6’5″ 325 OT LSU
Faulk is a complete stud. This past season was his first as a starter. Add in another year and Faulk could end up being scary good.
Keenan Allen 6’3″ 205 WR Cal
Allen has the size that we all know the Chargers covet at the WR position. In 2012 Allen had 98 receptions despite a rocky QB situation. With a strong 2013, Allen could be taken in the top fifteen of the draft.
Barkevious Mingo 6’4″ 240 OLB LSU
Very athletic with great speed and agility for his size. Combine that with his strength and there is no reason to think that Mingo won’t be drafted in the top five.
Ray Ray Armstrong 6’4″ 216 SS Miami
Coming off a rough 2012 campaign, Armstrong was smart to stay in school for one more season. I expect 2013 to be a much better year for him. If he can learn from his mistakes and continue to improve he will prove that coming back for another season was a very good decision.
E.J. Manuel 6’4″ 245 QB FSU
Strong armed and very mobile, Manuel received very little help from an underwhelming offensive line effort last season. The 2013 season will be very interesting for Manuel. This will only be his second year as a starter and I expect him to vastly improve his game.
Margus Hunt 6’7″ 288 DE Southern Methodist
Estonian born Hunt has a rare combination of great size, speed and strength. According to NFLDraftscout.com, Hunt has blocked 14 kicks in only 3 years.
Let me remind all of you that some of these players will be drafted as high as the top 5 of the draft. That is obviously not where I wish for the Chargers to be making their pick in 2013. This is just a list of players to keep an eye on that I enjoyed watching last season and look forward to seeing what they can do this year.
Thanks a lot for reading.