Very rarely do drafts go as planned.
All of the players you’d originally had penned on your list may end up somewhere else, and general managers frequently switch priorities on short term if there is that can’t-miss prospect, regardless of whether that player will fill your immediate needs or not.
In other cases, given the opportunity, you will agree to trade down or up. Such was the case last year with the Chargers when they snagged what they thought to be a can't-miss in running back Ryan Matthews, in the first round.
This mock draft of the Bolts was compiled with a view to fulfill the more immediate needs of the Chargers as well as what players might be ideal fits. From a talent standpoint, the Chargers are a few good players away from winning it all. The picks suggested here could easily fill that void.
Five of the seven projected picks are defensive players. Although the defense finished first overall in total defense last season, the team still lacks playmakers and is aging.
Forcing three and outs is commendable; forcing turnovers before that is better. This is especially the case at the end of the game when the defense might not have the strength to force three, let alone, four, and outs. That will no longer do.
Improving this unit may prove to be vital to the Bolts’ chances next year with the absence of defensive coordinator Ron Rivera, now the head coach of the Panthers. It will remain anybody’s guess what the scheme will be, whether the 3-4 will become a 4-3, whether there will be a coach who will be more blitz happy or whether he will stress more skill in pass coverage.
I have also seen calls for wideouts to be drafted in the first few rounds, which I think makes as much sense as recruiting zebras to prance and dance around at Sea World. As we have seen last year, you could line up a can of baked beans at flanker and a QB like Phillip Rivers will find a way to get it some catches.
The overall package depicted here should more than meet the Chargers’ needs, both immediate and in the long term.