SAN DIEGO CHARGERS 2011 DRAFT OUTLOOK
As the 2011 NFL Draft approaches, pro days coming and going and now teams scout and make up their own draft board with players they want. Chargers have been on the money in recent years on some draft picks; especially in the 1st round and not including Ryan Leaf (sigh). But I will go into the Chargers first 5 picks and who I believe they should take to help our team. Entering the draft, although we had the #1 offense and a top 3 defense we still have holes to fill and our needs are WR, OLB, MLB, SS, DE and RT. Free agent signing of Bob Sanders has filled the Strong Safety position temporarily; but you and I both know how long he’ll play.
ROUND 1 (18TH): OT Tyron Smith (USC) – I seen a lot of defense being drafted here but why not take a solid OT to protect our franchise QB in Philip Rivers. Smith should be solid for years and will create some running holes for Ryan Mathews as well as protect Rivers.
*Alternate pick – DT Stephen Paea (Org. State)
ROUND 2 (50TH): WR Randall Cobb (KEN) – I don’t expect Sproles to be back, and Cobb is a solid return man and can play slot WR for us. I’d like to think of Cobb as what McCluster is for Kansas City; Cobb can be for us.
*Alternate pick – DE Brooks Reed (Zona’)
ROUND 2 (61ST): DE Jeremy Beal (OKL) – Maybe if a miracle happens J.J. Watt would fall to us in the 1st round but if not I feel that Beal can help out our frontline and provide some pressure at the QB.
*Alternate pick – OLB Mason Foster (WAS)
ROUND 3 (82ND): OLB JONAS MOUTON (MICH) – Larry English isn’t cutting it and Phillips needs a compliment across him to lessen the double teams and Mouton would be able to help. But, if we can land Foster instead I like us taking MLB Greg Jones from Michigan State.
ROUND 3 (89TH): TE Virgil Green (NEV) – With McMichael probably leaving and Gates continuing to get hurt, work on another TE project whose an amazing athlete and another big target for Rivers.
*Alternate pick – WR Greg Little (UNC)