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What the Chargers might want to consider

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Johnny Lightning, Apr 19, 2010.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006
    Monday, April 19, 2010

    Now that the NBA playoffs have begun, baseball teams still have more than 150 games to play, and disgusting Ben Roethlisberger’s sentence has yet to be gaveled by Judge Roger Goodell, it clearly is the right time to discuss the NFL draft.
    More specifically, the Chargers draft. It’s all but upon us, you know. But more on that later. If you can wait four more days, you can wait one more minute.
    Love the draft. I realize The League’s and ESPN’s decision to move the first two rounds of the lottery into prime time has many draft nerds looping their measuring tapes around their necks, but, really, when isn’t there a good time for a draft? Makes no difference to me.
    In fact, while I’m not one prone to willy-nilly toss kudos to radio talk-show hosts, I’m smitten with Chris Ello’s idea. Ello, whose tonsils wobble weekday mornings on XTRA Sports 1360, would like to see the draft spread out. After the Combine and pro days are done and football types have stuffed themselves with evaluations, there would be one first-round pick a day until all 32 choices were made.
    Think about it. Imagine the first round taking more than a month to complete, with GMs having 24 hours instead of 10 minutes between picks to work the phones? Oh, the drama! Oh, the humanity! Draftniks would be chewing on their nubs.
    It would be a ratings machine. Fans would have to tune in, even if their team already had picked, because some shenanigans could be pulled while they weren’t paying attention.
    Or, how about a draft where you start with the last choice and move down to No. 1? You know, a Benjamin Button Draft. A quarterback such as Sam Bradford could be Mr. Irrelevant, making the worst player No. 1. This way, the best guys would get seventh-round money and teams wouldn’t even have to bother signing the first-rounders.
    Dean Spanos, think of the money you’d save.
    Anyway, all we really should care about in this space today is the Chargers draft, which will enter the lighted room Thursday evening. In that General Manager A.J. Smith would just as soon stick a hot poker through his cheek than tell us what he has in mind, we’re clear to draw our own assumptions.
    And we do have them. Let’s do some thinking for him. Everyone does.
    Now that Smith has released future Hall of Fame player/complainer LaDainian Tomlinson and Michael Bennett, he has one legit tailback in his stable. That’s Darren Sproles, a protean athlete, but a third-down player who stands to make more than $7 million next year if the Chargers decide to keep Sproles and not trade him.
    So the GM is going to draft a back, probably two. He also is in need of a nose tackle to replace Jamal Williams, a quarterback now that No. 3 Charlie Whitehurst has been dealt, maybe a defensive end, a blocking tight end, a corner or safety, and probably an offensive lineman or two for depth.
    I have no idea which players he covets, but in that the draft has yet to go my Benjamin Button route, we do know he will have the 28th and 40th overall picks.
    It figures Clemson’s C.J. Spiller and Fresno State’s Ryan Matthews will be gone by the time the Chargers pick, so they should jump at the opportunity to take Cal’s Jahvid Best, the top tailback in this draft and perhaps the most dangerous player available.
    Best is not huge — 5-10, 199 — but he easily can carry 15 more pounds. He’s incredibly instinctive, can hit the home run and catch the football, a priority in San Diego’s offense. He’s the fastest back in this draft. The knock is that he’s reckless on the field — a severe concussion cut his 2009 season short — but reckless is fine with me.
    So he’s not a tackle-breaker? LT had problems breaking them, no? This guy could be a monster, a Chris Johnson type. Smith just needs a short-yardage brute – fullback Mike Tolbert may do – and Best could be his Chris Johnson.
    With the 40th pick (second round), the Chargers should go for a run-stopper, a nose tackle. It might as well be Alabama’s Terrence Cody, all 6-4, 350 (or so) pounds of him. So Cody has a weight problem. I hear he’s lightened his load. They say he has marginal closing speed. No kidding. How much closing speed does a nose tackle need?
    All I know is that you can’t block the guy and he can push the pocket. If you have a load in the middle it takes two O linemen to handle — that’s how it was with Jamal Williams — then your outside rush is going to be better, your secondary’s going to be better, your defense is going to be better.
    A Terrence Cody could be the difference between losing a playoff game to a run-oriented team and winning one.
    Now I have no clue what A.J. thinks of these two prospects, but I do know he needs help at those positions, and in this case, the better players might come earlier than the third round.
    Best and Cody. Go ahead, A.J., make my day.
  2. Workplay

    Workplay scompl

    Dec 24, 2009
    Jahvid Best and Terrence Cody sound perfect to me :abq1:
  3. bigmike.x.09

    bigmike.x.09 Well-Known Member

    Oct 22, 2006
    although i am a fan of best, that concussion really worries me. idk why


    Oct 4, 2009
    I like best and ben tate after we trade sproles!
  5. DenverBolt67

    DenverBolt67 BoltTalker

    Jan 24, 2010
    I would be so pissed!! two players that will be out of the league within 5 years, one for concussions and the other for eating too damn much.

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