NFL Draft 2011: The Chargers Need to Get Faster at Linebacker in the First Round
NFL Draft 2011 San Diego is going to have alot to answer for with constant regular and post-season performances under Norv Turner. The Draft should show where the team plans on going, and how they can bring Phillip Rivers a contender.
The need to get some power and dominance back on defense is going to be paramount for these "Super Chargers" as Gary Horton of Scouts Inc stated.
"This used to be a position of strength in San Diego's 3-4 defense, but Shawne Merriman is gone and former first-round pick Larry English hasn't developed. The Chargers need an athletic edge rusher and need help at inside linebacker."
Now, the Chargers are lumped into the draft slot with many other teams that are in the business of shopping for linebackers and defensive ends.
Ryan Kerrigan is a guy that would slide right into a role where he could be succesful as a hybrid player.
San Diego could do in a number of directions such as Aldon Smith or possibly J.J Watt if he were too fall to them. Watt would fit better in the Chargers defensive schemes, but it is still unknown if he would be there at No. 18.
One of the wildcard picks at this spot is a name that hasn't been mentioned much in Muhammad Wilkerson out of Temple. Todd McShay has them taking Wilkerson.
"The Chargers are also looking to beef up their three-man front and would be thrilled if Wilkerson was still on the board here."
Wilkerson has been a 'no-name' that has lept up the charts, but I don't believe he will jump big names like Cameron Heyward and Adrian Clayborn.
Akeem Ayers has not gotten alot of love as of late, and has been slipping. But, a UCLA guy might be tempting for the Chargers to keep him in Southern California for the long haul.
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