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 SportsWhat 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.