Offensive line is an issue. Stanford tackle Jonathan Martin should be available at that pick and would be a solid player to bring in. However, Martin isn’t anywhere near as good as the top tackle in the draft, Matt Kalil, nor is he as good as the No. 2-ranked tackle, Riley Reiff.
The Chargers are also in need of a pass rusher, and there are plenty of first-round prospects available this year. However, it’s difficult to predict how high players like Melvin Ingram, Nick Perry, Courtney Upshaw, etc. will go, and so the team may be faced with a difficult situation of taking a risk on a risk/reward type player like Whitney Mercilus or Chandler Jones.
However, there is another option: move up. The last time the Chargers decided to make a big trade during the draft was in 2010, when the team moved up to the 12th overall pick to select running back Ryan Mathews. Trading up is always risky, but here are a few prospects this year who may turn out to be worth the risk.