Mel Todd Mock: Chargers select La’el Collins
By Ernie Padaon
Mel Kiper Jr and Todd McShay teamed up for a mock draft and they have the San Diego Chargers selecting La’el Collins.
Mel Kiper Jr and Todd McShay are teaming up for a mock draft and here is how their first 16 selections went down.
We’re halfway through the 1st round of the #MelToddMock. Here are picks 1- 16. pic.twitter.com/MhxagDeVCm
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) April 23, 2015
With the 17th pick, the San Diego Chargers select OT La’el Collins out of LSU. The team could have gone with Vic Beasley at the selection, but Kiper went with Collins for the Chargers.
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If Beasley falls to 17, then the Chargers shouldn’t even hesitate about the selection and jump up to make their selection. Beasley would be a beast off of the edge in the Chargers defense and would team up with Melvin Ingram and Jeremiah Attaouchu to get pressure on quarterbacks. I don’t believe that Beasley will make that type of slide though.
In Collins, the Chargers would have a solid right side of the line built with Collins and D.J. Fluker. It would be a massive upgrade to the offensive line and the team would be able to create some nice holes in the running game and would also be able to create time for Philip Rivers to throw the ball to his receivers. Collins definitely could be a player that the Chargers have interest in when their selection is up.
The Chargers have needs up front and on the defensive front. They will also be looking to add a running back at some point in the draft. With the depth at running back in this draft, I could see the team waiting till the 2nd round to find their guy. I would expect them to take Jay Ayaji in that 2nd round. The team has shown too much interest in him and would likely use him as the main back on offense.
Imagine the running game with Collins and Ayaji added to the offense. It sounds like the Chargers would give a little more emphasis on pounding the rock.
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