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Chargers may need to be creative to land safety of choice

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Blue Bolt, Apr 24, 2012.

  1. Blue Bolt

    Blue Bolt Persona Non Grata

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    Bolts may need creativity to find safety
    Trading up or back would position team to address need

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    The Chargers are overhauling the strong safety position.

    Bob Sanders is gone. Steve Gregory has left. Paul Oliver, too.

    The trio combined to start all 16 games and play 1,057 defensive snaps last year, and now free-agent signing Atari Bigby and special teams ace Darrell Stuckey are the lone players on the position's depth chart.

    Soon, that could change.

    As roster needs go, strong safety stands among the most likely to be addressed in the draft this week, and San Diego may have to get creative to do it.

    The 18th pick, for starters, is in no man's land.

    It's likely too late to take Alabama's Mark Barron, the top safety prospect, and could be too early to pull the trigger on Notre Dame's Harrison Smith, whom many consider the draft's second-best option.

    If the Bolts wait until the second round to go safety, Smith will likely be off the board, and the Chargers will have missed out on the top two prospects of a shallow draft class.

    Brandon Taylor, of LSU, could be the third choice.

    He came to college as a 176-pound cornerback but grew into a 209-pound strong safety. The team captain started 33 of 49 games with the Tigers and was effective inside the box against the run.

    If the Chargers miss out on Barron, and they miss out on Smith, and they don't like Taylor, NFL draft analyst Mike Mayock says their best Plan D could be to convert a cornerback into a strong safety.

    And no. Not Quentin Jammer.

    “I happen to like (DeQuan) Menzie, who was Alabama's starting corner last year,” Mayock said in a recent media conference call. “I think he's going to be better off inside at safety. But after him, boy, there's a bunch of guys, but I don't think they are going to go (until) the fourth and fifth rounds.”

    Brandon Hardin is another creative option.

    A shoulder injury cost the former Oregon State cornerback his senior season, but Hardin has good size at 6-foot-3 and 217 pounds, and San Diego is one of about 15 teams he visited before the draft, a league source said Monday.

    What to do ... what to do ...

    If the Chargers address strong safety, how they pull it off could be the most intriguing aspect of this draft.

    Safeties

    EARLY

    Mark Barron, Alabama | 6-1, 213

    Quarterbacked the Crimson Tide secondary in 38 starts. Multi-dimensional. Little debate to place as best safety prospect in draft.

    Harrison Smith, Notre Dame | 6-2, 213

    Former captain started 47 of 51 games, including 15 at linebacker. Seven career interceptions all came as junior in 2010.

    Brandon Taylor, LSU | 5-11, 209

    Developed from cornerback to free safety to strong safety. Effective inside box, stepping up in run support.

    LATER

    George Iloka, Boise State | 6-4, 225

    Started all over secondary in four seasons but mostly at free safety. More a natural in pass coverage.

    Brandon Hardin, Oregon State | 6-3, 217

    Broken shoulder wiped out senior campaign. Physical college cornerback can play strong safety. Intriguing middle-round talent with special teams experience.

    Antonio Allen, South Carolina | 6-2, 210

    Played close to line of scrimmage at “spur” position, a hybrid of strong safety and cover-2 linebacker. Would take time to transition into traditional role.




     
  2. jackfrost

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    I'd definetely love to see us finally draft another decent safety again, but NOT at the expense of getting DBeef or a pass-rushing Gun, which I believe to be our biggest need still at this stage.
     
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  3. Blue Bolt

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    If we could get the Pats to trade up for our #18 (+ our #49) and get their two 1st rounders, we could draft both a OLB and a safety. We'd have to give up something next year though.
     
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    Oh for sure, that would be great, but its a huge "if" too.

    I'm all for "going for it now", next year is a long way away and will take care of itself somehow, plenty of time to find a solution to next years draft picks.

    Does AJ have the nouse to try and pull off such a move though ?............. I'd love to see it happen.
     
  5. Blue Bolt

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    Unfortunately, the Pats are much more prone to move down, than move up. They really need an impact pass rusher though. Could Billy B have the hots for somebody? ;)
     
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    True but the option to have 3 2nd round picks would make them very happy along with getting what they wanted at 18 and a 2nd or 3rd next year

    Heres hoping they want a Mercilus, Glenn, Adams, Upshaw type player
     
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    not even getting both if we can move back for 1 I'd be happy
     
  8. jackfrost

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    They have picked up some decent pass rushers of late, have Ninkovich and (damn it, forgot his name now) resigned ?

    But correct, very rarely has Billy B moved up for someone that I recall, will be interesting to see what happens this week with a few teams.

    p.s ........Andre Carter was the name I couldn't remember above and also Mark Anderson was very good too.
    I don't see either on their current roster though, so I'm assuming both have gone, so that would mean they really need some pass rushing in the draft.
     
  9. FCBolt

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    I predict the Pats will move down to amass picks and the Chargers will make at least one boneheaded move.
     
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  10. matilack

    matilack Take A Knee McCree!!!

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    Wow, way to go out on a limb.:D
     
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    I'm playing it safe this year ;)
     
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    Thats our Ringo, always the maverick and leader of the NN's willing to risk life & limb with his out-of-the-box thinking !!! ;)
     

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