Chargers 2013 Mock Draft: Predictions for Day 2 & Beyond
San Diego is a team with many holes to fill and new general manager Tom Telesco will have to be smart in his approach to the rest of the draft process.
When will he go after more offensive linemen?
The Chargers ranked 18th against the pass last season and could stand for some serious upgrades in the secondary, especially with Antonie Cason and Quentin Jammer no longer on the roster.
This has been one of the most unpredictable drafts in recent memory to this point and the craziness should continue into the second day of the proceedings.
Let's produce the latest mock draft and predict how the rest of the Chargers draft may shape up.
Round 2, Pick 45: Larry Warford, OG, Kentucky
I have already mocked Kentucky offensive guard Larry Warford to the San Diego Chargers in a recent mock draft, but the pick only looks more likely after seeing how the first round has played out.
San Diego got the offensive tackle it needed in D.J. Fluker and can now focus on addressing its issues along the interior of the offensive line.
Rich Ohrnberger and Chad Rinehart are not going to excite anyone at the guard position, as both are nothing more than average/decent players.
San Diego needs players that can truly step in and protect Philip Rivers.
Warford is someone that is ready to play immediately and contribute at the guard position. He started 37 consecutive games with the Wildcats and did not allow any sacks last season.
What is perhaps most important about Warford is that he excels in pass protection. His 6'3", 332-pound frame allows him to dig into the trenches and keep defenders away from the quarterback.
He is slow and could stand to get better as a run-blocker, but this pick would further shore up the Chargers offensive line in a big way.
Round 3, Pick 76: Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State
The secondary has been an area of concern for the Chargers for some time now, but with Derek Cox and Marcus Gilchrist sitting as the top two cornerbacks on the depth chart at the moment, depth is clearly needed.
San Diego is not likely to get a top-flight corner in the third round, but there is talent to be had and Jordan Poyer out of Oregon State is someone to keep an eye on.
He is one of the most physical CBs in this class. Poyer is a player that will press with ease at the line of scrimmage and refuse to give up leverage to any receivers.
Poyer excels in zone coverage and has even spent time on special teams returning kicks during his time with the Beavers. He recorded five interceptions this past season, including a standout game against Washington State in which he picked off three passes.
He could stand to gain some weight, as he currently stands at 6'0", 190 pounds, but Poyer makes the most of the frame he currently has and there is time to develop.
This would be a good value pick at this juncture of the draft.
Round 4, Pick 110: Trevardo Williams, OLB, Connecticut
Trevardo Williams is one of the most exciting pass-rushers that the middle portion of this draft has to offer.
He recorded 12.5 sacks this past season with the Connecticut Huskies and really seemed to get better as the season wore on, registering nine of those sacks in the last five games.
Williams is not the most imposing player physically, as he stands at 6'1", 241 pounds, but he is explosive at the point of attack and utilizes his tremendous speed to his advantage. He knows how to get to the quarterback and is capable of both setting the edge or bull-rushing over offensive linemen that stand in his way.
The question marks here come with his abilities in coverage.
Williams is severely lacking in this regard and needs to quickly add coverage skills to his overall game if he has any dreams of being an every-down player at the next level.
Still, there is always a place for talented pass-rushers at the next level and the Chargers could use someone with Williams' skill set. The team's leading sack artist from last season, Shaun Phillips, is now an unrestricted free agent and there is room for someone that can find the quarterback.
Williams would be someone that could find an immediate niche in San Diego and have plenty of room to grow.
Round 5, Pick: 145: Montori Hughes, DT, Tennessee-Martin
Cam Thomas is a solid starter at defensive tackle for the Chargers. He is not a star, but he is serviceable.
This means that San Diego can afford to look for a player with oodles of potential somewhere in the middle rounds and give him a chance to sit behind Thomas on the depth chart in the meantime.
Montori Hughes out of Tennessee-Martin is just that type of player.
He actually started his collegiate career with the Tennessee Volunteers, but was dismissed after some issues away from the field and transferred.
Character issues are always a concern, but that risk falls quite a bit by the fifth round and Hughes has the talent to justify a selection. He is an imposing 6'4", 329 pounds and knows how to disrupt an offensive line.
Hughes showcased his skills at the Senior Bowl where he was a clear standout and was actually quite nimble for a player of his size.
If Hughes has his head on straight and the coaching staff gets the most out of him then he could be a steal at this point. Otherwise he could remain a player that has been known to take plays off and run into problems away from the field.
Round 6, Pick 176: Emmett Cleary, OT, Boston College
One thing you will hopefully notice from any offensive linemen that the Chargers bring in during the draft is that they are versatile. They can line up at either left or right tackle, maybe they can shift from guard to tackle, or some could even play guard or center.
The point is that they are not limited in their ability and that is where someone like Emmett Cleary, out of Boston College, could be appealing.
He is not one of the most naturally talented players in this class, but he is 6'7", 300 pounds and can move around along the offensive line when needed. His best fit is probably at tackle and the Chargers will need as much depth behind King Dunlap as possible.
Cleary is not someone that will be ready to be an every down player as a rookie, but in the sixth round that is not what San Diego will be looking for.
He will provide depth and scheme versatility with the potential to become a decent option down the line.
Round 7, Pick 221: Tavarres King, WR, Georgia
Tavarres King is a 6'0", 189-pound wide receiver out of Georgia. This may not be a direct position of need for the Chargers, but at this point in the draft San Diego will have the opportunity to look for the best talent available.
King has been projected anywhere from the fifth to the seventh round.
His stats during his career with the Bulldogs are not all that impressive, as he had 1,893 yards and 14 touchdowns after playing in parts of five different seasons. However, there is more to King than what you see on the stat sheet.
He has a solid set of hands and knows how to run routes properly. King is quick in and out of his cuts and also has the speed to get past defenders on vertical routes.
It would be nice to see him develop a bigger frame, but that may come at the cost of some of his speed.