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Mock Drafts for the Chargers

Discussion in 'NFL Draft' started by Blue Bolt, Apr 17, 2011.

  1. Blue Bolt

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    Oct 28, 2009
    CHARGERS: Mock drafts project the Bolts' first pick
    BY NORTH COUNTY TIMES | Posted: Saturday, April 16, 2011 11:21 pm

    Here are some websites' projections of which player the Chargers might pick with the 18th selection in the first round of the NFL draft on April 28:

    Site: SI.com (Don Banks)
    Last update: April 14
    Pick: Aldon Smith, LB, Missouri

    Site comment: The Chargers could use a 3-4 defensive end, so Temple's Muhammad Wilkerson is another option. But in Smith, they'd be getting a potential 3-4 outside linebacker with edge pass-rushing skills, helping offset the disappointing production turned in by 2009 first-round pick Larry English.

    Site: CBSSports.com (Rob Rang)
    Last update: April 11
    Pick: Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College

    Site comment: Good initial quickness out of his stance. Gains depth efficiently in his kick-slide. Plays with good balance, moving on the balls of his feet with his knees bent and shoulders square. Shows good lateral agility to slide and mirror the pass rusher. Appears to be quick enough for the cut block on quick throws. Prototypical long arms to grasp the pass rusher and has improved his strength to control. Can struggle with leverage and be walked back into the pocket by short, stout pass rushers able to get into his chest. Lacks the sand in his pants to anchor sufficiently.

    Site: CBSSports.com (Chad Reuter)
    Last update: April 11
    Pick: Muhammad Wilkerson, DT, Temple

    Site comment: Overwhelms college tackles with size and strength, then chases down quarterbacks with his length and nimble feet. Lacks a quick first step, but flashes a swim move and closing speed to the passer. Feels cut blocks, keeps his hands involved and watches for the quick throw in his direction. Must improve his hand usage to consistently get off blocks inside. Eats up multiple blockers on inside twists to free up other defensive linemen. Effective bull-rushing college tackles when coming from outside the tackle, but rarely pushes back interior linemen. Not sudden or flexible enough to get the corner.

    Site: CBSSports.com (Clark Judge)
    Last update: April 14
    Pick: J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin

    Site comment: Bolts looking for best outside pass rusher on board.

    Site: NFL.com (Pat Kirwan)
    Last update: April 12
    Pick: Akeem Ayers, LB, UCLA

    Site comment: Ayers can fit in as an inside or outside linebacker in the Chargers' 3-4. He can rush the passer and is solid in his pass drops. At 6-foot-2 1/2, 254 pounds, he has the size and plays faster than the 4.88 he recorded at the combine.

    Site: NFL.com (Brian Baldinger)
    Last update: April 7
    Pick: Phil Taylor, DL, Baylor

    Site comment: Taylor is the best 3-4 NT available in the draft and most ready to play right away. He would anchor a defensive line that has struggled against the run since the departure of Jamal Williams. Taylor is an immediate upgrade for the Chargers in a division that had the top two rushing teams in the NFL

    -- Compiled by Jeff Nahill

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