The San Diego Chargers, represented by MHR member Brian, select....
JAMAAL CHARLES, RB - TEXAS
Chargers G.M. - Brian --
The Chargers have a talented roster coming back this year. There are three areas with less depth:
At offensive tackle Shane Olivea lost his starting job mid-season and then was released outright after the season's end. He has not been signed by any other team, something strange happened that didn't make it to the press. In any event, while Jeromy Clary did a credible job in the position, the need for backup/upgrade is there. Jeff Otah is taken in our mock draft, Gosder Cherilus is the other main contender to consider.
At corner back we lost Drayton Florence who was a credible back, but also capable of stupid penalties and cheap shots. It's hard to know for sure, but I think Paul Oliver who the Chargers picked up in the extended draft last year is going to capable of coming in on nickel and dime packages. Brandon Flowers is probably the best on the board, but it's hard to see the Chargers using another number one on a corner.
Overall I think Kentwan Balmer has a chance to be an impact player, and the Chargers could address the RB and Tackle positions, even in the fifth round, or at worst in the Free agent market, especially as teams are clearing cap room for their number one picks. Ultimately I thought there was one other player that fits into the Chargers long term needs better.
At Running Back the Chargers lost 'Turner the Burner' to Atlanta, I look for big things from him this year. But that leaves the Chargers wanting a quality backup. Felix Jones was picked off, Jamaal Charles with blistering speed has the best potential left on the board. He fits in with the Chargers, because in skipping his senior year, he still needs to develop; where better than behind the best running back in the NFL. LT has said he is retiring after this contract expires in three to four years, so Charles could go to the number one position then without a lot of the hard hits most RBs would have taken at that point. It is a bit of a reach and a project, but AJ Smith has had a number of those pay off.
The Draft So Far --
#1 - Miami Dolphins - DE Chris Long, Virginia
#2 - St. Louis Rams - OT Jake Long, Michigan
#3 - Atlanta Falcons - DT Glen Dorsey, LSU
#4 - Oakland Raiders - RB Darren McFadden, Arkansas
#5 - Philadelphia Eagles(via Trade w/ K.C. Chiefs) - DE Vernon Gholston, Ohio St.
#6 - New York Jets - DB Leodis McKelvin, Troy St.
#7 - New England Patriots - CB Dominique Rogers-Cromartie, Tennessee State
#8 - Baltimore Ravens - QB Matt Ryan, Boston College
#9 - Cincinnati Bengals - DT Sedrick Ellis, USC
#10 - New Orleans Saints - CB Mike Jenkins, USF
#11 - Buffalo Bills - WR Malcolm Kelly, Oklahoma
#12 - Minnesota Vikings(via trade with Denver) - DE Derrick Harvey, Florida
#13 - Carolina Panthers - OT Ryan Clady, Boise St.
#14 - Chicago Bears - RB Rashard Mendenhall, Illinois
#15 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers(via Trade w/ Detroit) - LB Keith Rivers, USC
#16 - Arizona Cardinals - DE/LB Quentin Groves, Auburn
#17 - Denver Broncos - OT Chris Williams, Vanderbilt
#18 - Houston Texans - CB Aqib Talib, Kansas
#19 - Kansas City Chiefs - OG Branden Albert, Virginia
#20 - Detroit Lions - RB Jonathon Stewart, Oregon
#21 - Washington Redskins - WR Limas Sweed, Texas
#22 - Dallas Cowboys - RB Felix Jones, Arkansas
#23 - Pittsburgh Steelers - OT Jeff Otah, Pittsburgh
#24 - Tennessee Titans - WR Mario Manningham, Michigan
#25 - Seattle Seahawks - QB Brian Brohm, Louisville
#26 - Minnesota Vikings(via Trade w/ Jacksonville) - S Kenny Phillips, Miami
#27 - San Diego Chargers - RB Jamaal Charles, Texas
The Rest of the 1st Round --
28. Dallas (13-3) -- jlwyatt6767
29. San Francisco (from Indianapolis) (13-3) -- braekneck
30. Green Bay (13-3) -- PoorBoyWilly
31. NO PICK -- BroncoDude793
32. New York Giants (10-6) -- Russ