Chargers 2013 Mock Draft: Predictions for Day 3
The San Diego Chargers are hoping to continue their great momentum heading into the final day of the NFL draft. The team has already made great value selections in Manti Te'o and Keenan Allen and also addressed a pressing need by picking offensive tackle D.J. Fluker in the first round.
The work is not done, however, as the Chargers still have plenty of pressing needs that are due to be addressed in the draft's final four rounds. The team has still not picked up a cornerback, outside linebacker, defensive tackle or offensive guard.
Obviously, all of these needs cannot be fixed with the three picks San Diego is still scheduled to make, but it will be interesting to see which direction GM Tom Telesco chooses to go. This means it is time to release our final mock for the draft's final day.
Let's predict what decisions the Chargers organization may make, and highlight some potential undrafted free agents that may be targeted.
Round 4, Pick 110: Traded to the Arizona Cardinals
In their efforts to move up and draft Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o, the Chargers had to make some sacrifices via a trade with the Arizona Cardinals. The particulars of that trade are as follows:
Chargers receive: Pick No. 38 overall
Cardinals receive: Picks No. 45 and 110 overall
Round 5, Pick 145:: David Bakhtiari, OL, Colorado
D.J. Fluker fills a clear need at right tackle, but there is still work to be done along the offensive line. In an earlier mock, I highlighted the fact that San Diego would be smart to bring in versatile linemen that are capable of playing multiple spots. David Bakhtiari is a player that fits this mold.
Bakhtiari has been an offensive tackle during his collegiate career, but he is likely to make the transition to guard at the next level. He has great size at 6'4", 299 pounds, but has notoriously slow feet. He is going to struggle to catch up to speedy edge rushers at the NFL level. However, once he does catch up to a defender, there is no letting go.
Bakhtiari has strong arms and is not going to let a defender past him once he gets a firm hold of him. He is also able to bulldoze defenders on running plays, which makes him ideally suited to move inside to guard.
Bakhtiari would be able to utilize his massive frame and strength to the best of his ability and hide his lack of speed.
Round 6, Pick 179: Ty Powell, OLB, Harding
Ty Powell is a small-school prospect out of little-known Harding, but he has all the physical tools needed to excel at the next level.
He has a solid 6'2", 249-pound frame and moves well laterally, excelling at getting sideline to sideline in a hurry. Harding is also supremely athletic, having played defensive end, linebacker and safety over the course of his career.
San Diego will need to address the outside linebacker position at some point. It may not come in this draft, but the team's leader in sacks from a season ago (Shaun Phillips) is gone, and there are question marks surrounding both Jarret Johnson and Larry English.
Powell could be a solid depth piece with tons of room to grow. He had 8.5 sacks in 2012 and is an explosive player that has a knack for finding the quarterback. He is a bit of a one-trick pass-rushing pony right now, but that is the type of player you take a chance on in the draft's later rounds.
San Diego would have little to lose by making a selection like this, but there would be a lot to potentially gain.
Round 7, Pick 221: Kwame Geathers, DT, Georgia
The Georgia Bulldogs have had one of the deepest defensive line rotations in recent memory, so it is no surprise that a player like Kwame Geathers started a mere eight games over the course of his collegiate career.
This is a guy who could have been a full-time starter at virtually any school in the country, but still found ways to be productive in somewhat limited action with the Bulldogs. He recorded 61 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and one sack during his career.
Geathers is a strong, 6'6", 342 pounds and has the potential to be a rotational 3-4 defensive tackle at the next level. He has surprising quickness for a player his size, which pairs up nicely with his imposing strength. Geathers can bully offensive linemen and clog up multiple rushing lanes.
He needs a lot of work with his technique, especially hand positioning, but there is potential to work with here. All the physical tools are here, but Geathers needs a coaching staff that can properly coach him to get him to reach his potential.
San Diego could draft him late and add some depth behind starter Cam Thomas on the roster.
Potential Undrafted Free Agents
Not every hole can be filled throughout the course of the NFL draft. The Chargers are going to have plenty of work to do once the festivities conclude at Radio City Music Hall. The first part of that work will be analyzing the crop of players that slipped through the cracks of the draft.
Here are some players that may not hear their name called, but could find themselves in powder blue jerseys at some point:
Gilbert Pena, DT, Ole Miss: Pena is a 6'3", 330-pound defensive tackle with decent strength and ideal size to play at the next level. He showed flashes of brilliance during his senior season with the Rebels.
Jeremy Harris, CB, New Mexico State: Harris is a 6'3", 181-pound cornerback with the right mixture of height and speed to at least get a look from NFL teams. He ran a 4.48 40-yard dash at his pro day and could be a decent project moving forward.
Jahleel Addae, S, Central Michigan: Addae had an underrated career with the Chippewas and is the type of heavy hitter that can find a niche at the next level. At 5'10", 195 pounds, Addae (pictured) is in the mold of a Bob Sanders type, someone who delivers devastating hits at the sacrifice of coverage.
Jason Weaver, OL, Southern Mississippi: This 6'5", 313-pound offensive lineman played tackle in college, but will likely need to move to guard to have any hope of contributing in the NFL.
Travis Johnson, OLB, San Jose State: Johnson is 6'2", 240 pounds and was a major player at San Jose State, registering 31 sacks in his career. He has decent athleticism.