On Thursday, the 2011 NFL Draft will be seven days away. Hundreds of college players will see their dreams of one day becoming professional football players finally come true.
After collecting every mock draft resource known to man, then sequestering myself to my Secret Mock Draft Lair with my trusty abacus, slide rule and Commodore 64, I was finally able to make the necessary adjustment and bring to you my new and improved San Diego Chargers Mock Draft 2.0!
Moments after this is slideshow is published I will return to my Secret Mock Draft Lair, along with my trusty scientific calculating instruments to bring you the reader my final Chargers mock draft a day before the eyes of the football world will be focused on Radio City Music Hall for the 2011 NFL Draft.
I hope enjoy the new and improved draft and any thoughts or comments are greatly appreciated.
Not much change from my previous mock draft on this pick. I'm still sold on J.J. Watt. I think he would be a perfect addition to a Chargers defense that was number one last season.
Not much change here my previous mock draft either. I have become a big fan of Martez Wilson ever since his amazing performance at the combine.
Wilson would be a great addition to a Chargers linebacker corps that was riddled with injuries during the 2010 season. I think the combination of Wilson and a healthy Donald Butler would make opponents think twice before going up the middle.
There is a down side to this pick though, not based on the player, but on the fact that Wilson may not be available when the Chargers select with the 50th overall pick. I guess we will just have to see how it plays out on draft day.
After much consideration, thought-provoking comments, and thorough research I decided to drop Pittsburgh wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin and replace him with Boise State wide receiver Austin Pettis.
After a breakout season at Boise State, Pettis would be a better fit in the Chargers passing offense and a solid target for quarterback Philip Rivers.
An even bigger plus is that Pettis wouldn't bring the possible baggage that Baldwin has. Chargers fans are well aware of A.J. Smith's stance on trouble making players (i.e. Shawne Merriman, Antonio Cromartie and Legedu Naanee) and how he deals with them.
Here is another pick that didn't change from my first mock draft.
I'm still big on the idea of selecting Mississippi State linebacker K.J. Wright. He would be a great fit in Greg Manusky's defense and can play both inside and outside linebacker.
If the Chargers are lucky enough to get Martez Wilson in the late second round, then drafting Wright would be a perfect fit at outside linebacker.
I had the Chargers selecting Ohio State cornerback Chemdi Chekwa with this pick in my first mock draft and it is the same in this mock draft.
Chekwa, would make a solid addition to the Chargers' secondary and could become the heir apparent to Quentin Jammer or even challenge Antoine Cason for his starting job.
However, another defensive back has jumped onto my radar. Michigan State cornerback Chris L. Rucker has been making an appearance on some consensus mock drafts online. It will be interesting to see how things play out as we approach draft day.
After taking a step back and re-evaluating my selections in my previous mock draft, I decided to remove Southern California tight end Jordan Cameron and elevate North Carolina free safety Deunta Williams.
I believe Williams would make a great addition to the Chargers secondary, and hope the Chargers will take a look at him should he still be on the board when the Bolts are scheduled to select in the sixth round.
I originally had the Chargers selecting North Carolina free safety Deunta Williams with this pick, however after much deliberation I moved Williams up 18 spots to the 183rd overall selection and decided to insert Auburn offensive lineman Lee Ziemba at the 201st overall pick.
Ziemba, a four-year starter at Auburn, had a dominant performance playing right tackle at the Senior Bowl. He kept the North's defensive linemen on the heels during running plays and made sure the North's quarterbacks had time to get their passes off.
He is a huge run blocker who can quickly get off the snap and clear defenders out of the way. Ziemba has an incredibly large frame with long arms and strong hands. He finishes blocks with just a dash of attitude and can hold well against the defenses rush.
With the return of running back Darren Sproles highly unlikely and Mike Tolbert being tendered as a restricted free agent, the Chargers are going to be looking for a back-up to Ryan Mathews. The Chargers will look to Penn State running back Evan Royster to fit the bill.
Royster, who was a three-year starter is a well-built running back who is at his best when running inside. He is a patient running back that possesses great vision and waits for blocks to develop before finding running lanes.
He displays an aggressive running style similar to Chargers running back Ryan Mathews, keeping his feet moving and smashing through defenders in order to pick up extra yards. Royster flashes a little bit of Darren Sproles running style by being able to catch passes in backfield and then get the motor going.
Should Royster be available this late in the draft, the Chargers would be getting a solid second running back at a bargain.