For football fans, this is like Christmas morning.
For San Diego Chargers fans, it could end up being April Fool’s Day depending on what new general manager Tom Telesco decides to do with the No. 11 pick.
With so many needs on the roster and seven draft selections to fills those holes, Telesco must be prudent.
Post-draft grades are subjective, but in order to avoid an F, Telesco and the Chargers need to avoid these two pitfalls.
The first major mistake Telesco could do is target one player and/or position and trade up to get an earlier slot.
Yes, the offensive line (specifically left tackle) is a glaring need. With three generally agreed upon “elite” left tackles in the draft (Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckle, Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher and Oklahoma’s Lane Johnson) and a lack of standout skill position players, the 2013 NFL Draft is expected to be dominated by offensive linemen early in the first round. Many experts have all three left tackles gone before the Cleveland Browns are on the clock at No. 6 overall.
The Chargers' brass could get impatient and try to trade up in order to grab a left tackle.
That would be a bad idea.
Telesco has said multiple times he wants to build through the draft. If you are building through the draft, why take away your tools?
It does not matter if they give up a mid-round selection, the Chargers need every possible draft pick in order to fill out the roster and build for the future.
As many talking heads have said, this is a deep draft. Second, third and fourth-round players have graded out closer together than in years past, meaning the talent a team can get with the 110th overall selection (the Chargers’ fourth-round spot this year) will not be too far behind the talent they pick up with the 45th overall selection (the Chargers’ second-round spot).
Someone like LSU’s Chris Faulk or San Jose State’s David Quessenberry (potential fourth-round draft picks) are not as far behind potential second-round picks like Larry Warford out of Kentucky or Travis Frederick out of Wisconsin.
Draft a Tight End
The second decision that would hurt the Chargers would be drafting a tight end.
Some mock drafts have San Diego selecting one in the mid to late rounds.
The general explanation that accompanies the pick is the Chargers need to find Antonio Gates’ replacement.
San Diego selected Ladarius Green in the fourth round last year. He only had four receptions, but was only targeted four times.
Also, the Chargers brought in Dallas Walker and John Phillips in free agency. While neither tight end is making fans forget about Gates, no one even knew who Gates was when he arrived as an undrafted free agent.
Drafting any other position besides tight end can be tolerated—even quarterback. The team needs players, playmakers and depth. The only spot where the Chargers do not need extra help is at tight end.
Picking a TE would be a waste of a draft pick, especially after San Diego added three to their roster the past two years.