The 2009-2010 Chargers had a great season, with Philip Rivers leading one of the top rated NFL offenses to a 13-3 record but with a letdown in January to the NY Jets once again has San Diego re-tooling to try and earn their first Super Bowl title this offseason. After some major cuts and trades, the Chargers look to this year’s draft to infuse some young talent with an explosive offense and solid defense.
Even though the Chargers had one of the best offenses last year, they need a RB more than they need a NT. If Ryan Mathews is there at 28, I feel as though he is the pick for AJ and Charger brass. He presents great value at that spot as well as filling their greatest need.
Mathews is a great running back. Having a spectacular senior season at Fresno state, running for over 1,300 yards and 11 touchdowns. He is a great downhill runner with great speed (4.41 40 at combine) which makes him deadly when he hits the hole or gives him the ability to cut it outside.
With the Charger taking Ryan Mathews with their first pick, they not only get a great RB that fits their pass offense that can block and catch as well as run tough, and with his size, Mathews can probably tote the rock 17-20 times, adding a needed balance and fresh legs in the playoffs when the Chargers need ball control to win.
The Chargers could also be targeting defensive players incase Mathews is gone by 28 or they decide to go in a different direction. Jared Odrick would be a great option if he's available which many predict he will be. The Chargers need big bodies up front to stuff the run and break up plays in the back field.
This is the guy I think the Chargers need to get in order to shore up their NT rotation that they have. The Chargers cut their franchise nose tackle Jamal Williams last month but he only played in one game so he didn't have much of an effect on the games last year either way. The defense probably would have been better against the run but it's hard to say because Jamal is in his mid-thirties and injury prone so they needed other options either way.
Cam Thomas has the size and power to become their franchise NT or at worst a dependable tackle in their rotation that they have. Right now they Chargers have Ian Scott (6-3 316 lbs.) and Vaughn Martin (6-4 320 lbs.) at nose tackle so I think adding Cam Thomas (6-3 330) will give us great depth at that position. Martin and Thomas will eventually be competing for the starting role with their development, and remember the Chargers just drafted Martin which will need more time to adjust to American rules anyways because he played Canadian football and he lined up 1 yard off the ball. If both of them can develop and adjust to play at the nose the Chargers D will have great options down the road.
Why not Big Mount Cody you ask? Because I don't like him. I mean, I have nothing personal against him, he will probably turn out to be a great player in this league but his work ethic is questionable. The Chargers don't want someone who is a two down player with stamina issues. They want a football player who is willing to learn the technique of the position not someone who will rely on natural ability.
**Other options: The Chargers can always go in a completely different direction here since they already have options for next year at NT. They can add another playmaker on offense such as a WR to make this offense even more explosive or in case they don't get Ryan Mathews they can get a RB here. Damian Williams would not surprise me here if they decided to go in this direction. He is a smart wide-out that is probably the most NFL ready WR. He is a great route runner, has great hands, and knows how to get off of the man covering him. This would make the Chargers a tough offense to stop if they added Mathews and Williams to the offense. (Besides, the NT class is deeper next year and the Chargers have a bigger need at DE and tackling issues killed them. I think with Cason playing teams will throw a bit more to him because he’s not Cromartie, who has the household name, but this will allow Cason to make plays. I think that has the ability to become a solid CB in this league.)
This pick needs to be a DE. If they decide to go with Odrick in the first, then this will change but if the draft plays out like the way I have it written out, I think they must take a DE in this round. The Chargers need to be able to stop the run if they want to win a championship and if they draft another big body in the third to complement their NT they got in the previous round then the Chargers have the potential to be sending out a hard-nosed defense every Sunday. This defense has the ability to be very good; they just need more playmakers in the front seven. They never replaced Igor Oshansky last year and it showed.
Alex Carrington is a monster and if he falls to the Chargers to the bottom of the third, they need to pull the trigger. He has the measurable (6-4 287 lbs.) to be a dominate DE in a 3-4 Defense. Adding some more weight would be nice but he's got high potential and a great combination of size and speed as well as great strength. He can penetrate and hold his own in the trenches when he needs to take up blockers. He's got a great work ethic and is driven by his passion, which is football, making him a great addition to any team.
The Chargers could also target a RB in this round in case they don't have a chance at the do it all RB Mathews. Auburn RB Ben Tate would be a great option if he's still available as well as Toby Gerhart RB for the Stanford Cardinals. Both of them are power backs that can pound defenders and pick up a couple of needed 3rd and 3's.
With the 126th pick, the Chargers need to draft best value here that fills a need. Safety is not a big need but it's the same with everything else from here on out, all our selections are potential upgrades. With what's left on the board by the end of the fourth round, the Chargers pick up a smart hard hitting safety that can be an immediate impact to an already good secondary. Everyone already knows Myron Rolle is smart and everyone wonders why he would want to play football. To me that means draft him. He wants to play and with his combination of athleticism and smarts he can be a tremendous football player.
Other options that chargers have here are MLB Brandon Spikes (run stuffer), WR Jordan Shipley (slot WR), or an OT.
If this OT still happens to be around by the end of the 5th round, the Chargers can land a great football player here. Sam Young was highly recruited coming out of high school but his steam has cooled to simmer because of injuries at Notre Dame. The Chargers need a RT and Sam Young can step in right away and help the offensive line grow and become dominate, and coming from a pro style offense will make the transition easier.
Other options here could be QB, WR, TE. The Chargers don't have very many holes left after the first couple of rounds so developing talent would be the best thing for them to do. (i.e. Vincent Jackson, Malcolm Floyd, Antonio Gates)
I like this prospect a lot. He's got great size (6'3" 210 lbs) and speed (4.39 40) to go with the great hands he's got. His route running can be better but the Chargers wouldn't expect him to be NFL ready week one anyways. He's got everything the Chargers look for in a WR and could develop into a future starter.
Other options TE Michael Hoomanawanui Illinios, WR Emmanuel Sanders Southern Methodist.
By this pick the Chargers should have a pretty good idea how their roster will look like so filling depth will be there only need. Picking Snead is a great selection here. This is a kid with great intangibles and athleticism that can develop into a quarterback behind Philip Rivers. Jevan Snead is 6'3" 220 with a great arm that just needs to learn how to read defenses and make the right throws for the given situation.