The San Diego Chargers ended their season in a disappointing fashion. By letting Ladanian Tomlinson, Jamal Williams, and Antonio Cromartie go this off season, the team has already begun going through a major transformation. Here's what the Chargers need to do in order to make the 2010 draft a success, and hopefully make a Super Bowl run in the 2010-2011 season.
According to Walter football's NFL draft value board, the Chargers could trade their 28th, and 40th picks overall for at least the 13th pick overall. The Chargers should do this in order to take DT Dan Williams out of Tennessee. Replacing Williams should be the Chargers primary concern. DT is one of the most important positions in the 3-4 scheme, and getting a good young player to fill that spot will make the Chargers defense good for years to come.
Yes, LT is gone. That does not mean the Chargers need to go out and find the next LT. Tomlinson said himself that he was frustrated with the way that the team changed from a run first, to a pass first team during the ladder years on his San Diego tenure. Because his replacement doesn't have to be the focus of the offense, the Chargers don't need anyone who will cost them higher then a 3rd or 4th round pick. There are more good running backs in the league then any other position. Ideally the Chargers would end up with Miss. St.'s Anthony Dixon in the 4th round. He is a bigger back and would be a good compliment to Sproles. If they are still unsure about Dixon, they can still get some good players in the 7th round. Oklahoma St.'s Keith Toston, and Oklahoma's Chris Brown, should be available in the 7th round. They would both be good insurance options.
Most fans get too excited about offensive players come draft time. Why shouldn't they? Their highlight reels are more exciting, and everyone loves points. However, anyone who knows football, knows that games are won based on blocking, and tackling. With their 4th and two 5th round picks, the Chargers should look to get at least two defensive players, and one lineman. Their are many holes in Ron Rivera's defense, mainly at MLB and S. The Chargers should take a guy like Iowa's Pat Angerer, or hope that Brandon Spikes (Florida) continues to fall in the draft. Both of these guys would be able to contribute this year. At times Kevin Ellison and Eric Weddle looked like they were capable of carrying the load at safety. Still, the Chargers should try to add another prospect at that position. Rhode's Scholar, Myron Rolle, would be a phenomenal pick for the Chargers, as would Virginia Tech's Kam Chancellor if he's available. The lineman the Chargers should consider is Sam Young out of Notre Dame. He's familiar with a pro style offense, and while his ceiling is not as high as one would like, he can help right away.
The Chargers had all the makings of a Super Bowl team in the 2009-2010 season, but flopped in the playoffs. Everyone else the Chargers select should see the field a hand full of times this season. The Chargers have the luxury of not needing to throw any rookies into important roles this year, with the exception of a 1st round DT. As long as the Chargers are able to fill their holes with decent young players, they will be better in this year then they were last year.