2012 NFL Draft: 5 Potential Targets for the Chargers in Rounds 2-3
With Round 1 out of the way, it's time to look ahead to the second day of the draft with Rounds 2-3.
The Chargers selected Melvin Ingram with the 18th overall pick and are likely to look towards improving the defense again with their next few picks.
Offensively, the only needs that the team should be looking to improve on are finding a new backup running back and adding depth to the offensive line.
In Rounds 2-3, the Chargers hold the 49th and 78th overall picks respectively. I shall be looking at the best players still available (According to Bleacher Report's Matt Miller) that may be of interest to the Chargers.
But who should the team be targeting? Let's find out.
Position: Guard/Offensive Tackle
College: Iowa State
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 333 lbs
Big Board Ranking: 34th Overall
Osemele is a talented prospect but he will need a lot of coaching in the NFL. Although he has the right size and power needed to succeed as an offensive lineman, he sometimes struggles in his technique and will have to learn to improve sooner rather than later.
A dominant run blocker, He would be worth taking in the second round if he's still available at 49 overall. With the retirement of Kris Dielman, the Chargers could use another guard. Osemele would push Tyronne Green for a starting spot at left guard.
Position: Offensive Tackle
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 312 lbs
Big Board Ranking: 36th Overall
Martin will be coveted by many teams early in Round 2. The Chargers may have to stay put and hope to get lucky as they did with Ingram in Round 1. Martin was a surprise omission from the first round, being rated as the Draft's third best tackle behind Matt Kalil and Riley Reiff.
Martin is a solid pass protector and also a powerful, aggressive run blocker. Questions have been raised over his ability to play at left tackle in the NFL, but he is more than capable of making the switch to right tackle if need be. He would compete with Jeromey Clary at the right tackle position.
College: North Alabama
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 193 lbs
Big Board Ranking: 61st Overall
With Janoris Jenkins, it's tough to find a place to start. Take away all the off-field issues and there's no doubting his ability as a football player.
The Chargers are looking to add another cornerback to the mix with veteran Quentin Jammer and Antoine Cason as the established starters. Many teams are reportedly interested in taking Jenkins in Round 2 but that doesn't mean he is sure to hear his name called. A.J. Smith isn't usually willing to take a risk on a player like this, but that won't stop him from taking a look if he slips all the way to Round 3.
College: Boise State:
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 225 lbs
Big Board Ranking: 67th Overall
Iloka has been a solid contributor to the Boise State defense throughout his four years with the school. He is usually stout against the run but can sometimes struggle in coverage.
With Eric Weddle as the only established safety on the roster, the Chargers may be looking to bring in a player to create some competition in the secondary. After missing out on safeties Mark Barron and Harrison Smith, Iloka is the best rated player available.
Position: Running Back
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 194 lbs
Big Board Ranking: 76th Overall
James is likely to be highly coveted for teams looking to find a new change-of-pace back. An elusive runner who can also be valuable to the passing game, James would be the ideal candidate to serve as backup to starter Ryan Mathews.
Mathews is yet to complete a full season with the team and hasn't yet shaken off his injury prone tag. With Tolbert gone to the Carolina Panthers, the Chargers are still looking for a new backup running back. If James is still available by the time the Chargers are on the clock in Round 3, look for the team to take a chance on this talented playmaker from Oregon.
Those are my possible targets for the Chargers in Rounds 2-3.