Mel Kiper Mock: San Diego Chargers select…
By Ernie Padaon
Mel Kiper has released his latest mock draft and he has the San Diego Chargers adding Arik Armstead out of Oregon.
It is mock draft season. We will be getting into our own mock drafts during the year, but we will start it out with Mel Kiper making his selection for the San Diego Chargers.
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The Chargers hold the 17th selection in the draft and Kiper has us selecting Arik Armstead out of Oregon. Here is the analysis from Kiper:
Analysis: While he’s listed at defensive end, the long and strong Armstead is probably better described as “freakish defensive lineman.” He has impressive quickness for a player who stands about 6-foot-8 and carries a lean 290 pounds, and the power is obvious, too, because when he plays with leverage and gets under the pads of blockers, he can simply take them backward. Armstead was at one time a potential star on the basketball court as well and still has plenty of raw elements to his game, but guys who are this big and this athletic can become really special with coaching.
Armstead just declared for the draft a couple of days ago. It is about that time for the Chargers to look for a defensive line/pass rusher type player again. We have been looking for that type of player for the last decade and still have not filled that need.
I like Corey Liuget and Melvin Ingram up front. Jerry Attaochu has potential, but will he play every down at outside linebacker? I hope that he gets the chance to do that. Armstead coud fill that void that is sitting on the opposite side of Corey named Kendall Reyes.
Kendall gets pushed around at his defensive end spot. He isn’t the strongest against the run and is supposed to specialize in the pass rush. It wasn’t that special. He finished the season with ONE sack. We need more production up front from the nose tackle and from the defensive end spot opposite of Corey. Arik would be someone that we could put in that role.
There is still a lot of time till the draft. It won’t be held till the end of April and there will be a lot of movement to be made by the team and different prospects. Armstead would be a solid player to have on the squad. Without knowing what the team will do in free agency, Armstead would be a massive upgrade up front.
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