2011 NFL Mock Draft: San Diego Chargers Find Defensive Anchor in Wilkerson
2011 NFL Mock Draft Gives Chargers Defensive Line Help
2011 NFL Mock Draft Pick No. 18: Muhammad Wilkerson, DT, Temple
The San Diego Chargers are reportedly enamored with Ryan Kerrigan and would be ecstatic should he fall to them at No. 18. But with Kerrigan going earlier to the Jaguars, they'll have to go in another direction.
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Although the Chargers are in the market for an outside linebacker, Muhammad Wilkerson's ability to anchor the Chargers' 3-4 scheme or move over as a pass rusher makes him a very valuable addition to the team.
On the defensive front, Luis Castillo's production has been on the decline and Jaques Cesaire could possibly leave as a free agent. Needless to say Wilkerson provides them with depth and another big body with a very high motor and a strong work ethic.
With a glut of talented linebackers expected to be available in the later rounds, the Chargers are better off holding out until later to fill their outside linebacker needs.
|1. Carolina Panthers: Blaine Gabbert |
2. Denver Broncos: Marcell Dareus
3. Buffalo Bills: Patrick Peterson
4. Cincinnati Bengals: A.J. Green
|17. New England Patriots: Aldon Smith|
18. San Diego Chargers: Muhammad Wilkerson
19. New York Giants: Anthony Costonzo
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Da'Quan Bowers
|5. Arizona Cardinals: Cam Newton |
6. Cleveland Browns: Von Miller
7. San Francisco 49ers: Robert Quinn
8. Tennessee Titans: Nick Fairley
|21. Kansas City Chiefs: Akeem Ayers|
22. Indianapolis Colts: Gabe Carimi
23. Philadelphia Eagles: Nate Solder
24. New Orleans Saints: Phil Taylor
|9. Dallas Cowboys: Prince Amukamara |
10. Washington Redskins: Julio Jones
11. Houston Texans: J.J. Watt
12. Minnesota Vikings: Cameron Jordan
|25. Seattle Seahawks: Danny Watkins|
26. Baltimore Ravens: Jimmy Smith
27. Atlanta Falcons: Cameron Heyward
28. New England Patriots: Leonard Hankerson
|13. Detroit Lions: Tyron Smith |
14. St. Louis Rams: Corey Liuget
15. Miami Dolphins: Mark Ingram
16. Jacksonville Jaguars: Ryan Kerrigan
|29. Chicago Bears: Mike Pouncey|
30. New York Jets: Rahim Moore
31. Pittsburgh Steelers: Brandon Harris
32. Green Bay Packers: Adrian Clayborn
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