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The Analyst: Bill Williamson
The Pick: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
Williamson's Take: I know what you're thinking: Bill Williamson? Where's Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay?
The truth is: unless you're an ESPN Insider—a paid subscription service—you won't get to see who Kiper and McShay have the Chargers grabbing at No. 11. Fortunately, Bolts From The Blue—an SB Nation community—revealed that Kiper has San Diego selecting North Carolina OG Johnathan Cooper and McShay has Johnson in their latest mock drafts.
Williamson isn't a renowned draft expert but he does cover the Chargers all year long for ESPN, and he certainly knows what they need in a draft pick. That player is the versatile OT from Oklahoma. Williamson updates his mock draft after previously going with Alabama's Dee Milliner.
"Left tackle is the Chargers’ greatest need. There isn’t a ton of top level left tackle talent this year. Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher also had a great week at the Senior Bowl, but he may be off the board when the Chargers pick. Johnson could be a fine consolation prize."
My Take: I can't argue with Williamson here. Johnson can come in and start the first game of the season, and he's the best option available for the Chargers if Eric Fisher isn't there.