San Diego Chargers Mock Draft 2013: First-Round Scenarios
Mel Kiper just released his first mock draft of 2013. In his mind, Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs should select Luke Joeckel with the first overall pick. He's highlighted as the top overall prospect according to CBS Sports, Bleacher Report's own Matt Miller and NFL.com.
The Chargers have the 11th selection in the 2013 NFL draft. Their biggest and most crucial need is offensive linemen—plural to be specific. Tackle is the top position needed, with Jared Gaither basically stealing money from San Diego. Joeckel will not be available at the 11th spot, so Chargers fans should not get their hopes up.
The next two top offensive tackles were Taylor Lewan and Jake Matthews. Both players made the decision to return to their respective schools for their senior seasons. Mel Kiper stated that Lewan's decision was a "bad call." One of the two players would have most likely been a Charger next season.
1st Scenario: Remain at the 11th spot and draft Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan.
Originally the fourth-rated tackle in this draft, Eric Fisher out of Central Michigan jumped to number two after Lewan and Matthews opted back to college. He stands 6'7'' and weighs 305 pounds.
Dan Brugler from CBS Sports said this about Fisher.
"He is a balanced athlete and plays with excellent coordination and length for a 6-7, 305-pound blocker. Fisher is a smooth mover in any direction and does a nice job breaking down in space to handle speed rushers, showing the eye discipline to mirror defenders."
2nd Scenario: Trade up for Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M.
This would be a dream for Tom Telesco. Joeckel is the best prospect in the draft, but he may not get drafted until the fourth spot. Because of team needs instead of overall talent, Joeckel could end up a Philadelphia Eagle. If Joeckel is there at the fourth spot, I do not see the Eagles passing on him.
If Telesco has his sights strictly on Joeckel and should he be willing to trade up to get him, he'd have to jump into the top three to have a chance.
It would be outstanding for the Chargers to get Joeckel, but the amount they'd have to give up to get him may not be worth it, especially when they can get Fisher at their original spot.
3rd Scenario: Remain at the 11th spot and draft Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State.
It would shock many people if the Chargers drafted any player that is not an offensive lineman in the first round, but if they did, Xavier Rhodes would be the guy.
Rhodes will definitely be available at the 11th selection, and San Diego's biggest need outside the offensive line is cornerback. Quentin Jammer and Antoine Cason just aren't getting it done anymore, so a youth development is needed.
Again, this more than likely will not happen based on their crucial need for a tackle, but don't count anything out just yet.
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