Lane Johnson had been the consensus pick for the San Diego Chargers in the last month, but recent reports are showing that the Bolts would have to trade up to draft him. According to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Johnson feels the Eagles may take him at No. 4. If he's not taken there, the Arizona Cardinals would grab him at No. 7.
As for the other top two tackles, Luke Joeckel and Eric Fisher, there's no way they would fall to the Chargers.
Telesco already knows all of this. He's most likely debating whether to trade up and get one of those three tackles or stay put and take a guard.
I say stay put and take a guard. Either Chance Warmack or Jonathan Cooper, or both, should be available at No. 11 for the Chargers. With the Tennessee Titans drafting one pick before San Diego, one of those two guards could be taken.
The Titans will take Warmack if he is available. That would leave Cooper for the Chargers.
I would much rather have the Chargers take Cooper instead of Warmack. Warmack may be a little better in pass protection than Cooper is, but Cooper's overall ability in a zone-blocking scheme, which the Chargers have recently switched to, makes him a better pick for San Diego.
Cooper has the athleticism the Chargers need for the offensive line. Protecting Philip Rivers is the biggest concern in San Diego, yet no one is talking about the lack of blocking Ryan Mathews has received over his first three seasons.
Yes, he struggles to stay healthy, but blocking does have something to do with that. Cooper is the best pulling guard in the draft and would allow Mathews the opportunity to burst through holes for long runs, something the Chargers have missed since LaDainian Tomlinson.
Cooper would be the best selection for the Chargers in the first round if the top three tackles are not available.