San Diego Chargers: Where Do the Bolts Take an OLB?

Alex Ramirez@@alexramirez127Correspondent IApril 23, 2013

SAN DIEGO, CA - OCTOBER 15:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos throws a pass while defended by linebacker Melvin Ingram #54 of the San Diego Chargers in the fourth quarter at Qualcomm Stadium on October 15, 2012 in San Diego, California. The Broncos defeated the Chargers 35-24.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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The outside linebacker position is, in some minds, an area of large concern for the San Diego Chargers. After losing Shaun Phillips and Antwan Barnes, the Chargers are very thin at the position. Jarret Johnson and Melvin Ingram are the two starters as of now, which isn't too bad.  

However, the depth is what is scary—there is none.

Larry English is almost out of chances in San Diego, and with a new coach and GM, he must prove he's capable of making plays very fast. Bront Bird is another player who could make the most of his opportunities in training camp.

There are many good outside linebackers in this year's draft, especially in the early rounds. Dion Jordan and Barkevious Mingo are the top-rated players, but likely will not fall to No.11. Jarvis Jones is another outstanding player with incredible talent, but will the Bolts take him? It's hard to predict, but I think they won't. Either an offensive lineman or Star Lotulelei will be the Chargers first-round draft pick.

It wouldn't surprise me if the Chargers take an outside linebacker in rounds two, three or four. It would actually be the perfect spot to take one.

Guys I Like

Alec Ogletree (Round 2)

Ogletree is a player that can go in the late first round or even fall to the late second. The reason for this is his off-field issues. Ogletree was given a DUI in February and was suspended four games by Georgia in 2012 for violating its substance abuse policy. Aside from his issues, Alec Ogletree is a great speed rusher around the edge that the Chargers could use immediately.


Jon Bostic (Round 3)

Just an outstanding player. This would be my choice for the OLB the Chargers should draft. There's no way they should pass on him in the third round if he's available. Not only is Bostic a vocal leader, he's always up to the challenge in front of him. Bostic is very athletic, with enough speed to make big plays. He would add to a great rotation in San Diego.


Trevardo Williams (Round 4)

Very speedy rusher. Trevardo Williams gets off the line at a very fast rate and also finishes in the open field with speed. The Chargers went with a guy from Connecticut last year (Kendall Reyes) and that looks to be a great selection. It wouldn't upset me if the Chargers took Williams in the third if Bostic is not there.

Tom Telesco is going to pick the best available player. One of these three guys may end up in San Diego come Friday or Saturday.