San Diego Chargers Mock Draft: B/R Community Top 100 and 7-Round Results
If you've ever wondered what it might feel like to play general manager on draft night, this is right up your alley.
All 32 NFL teams were represented by a draft correspondent in the Bleacher Report community mock draft. And for simplicity's sake, no trades were allowed, so don't count on the San Diego Chargers trading Philip Rivers for the second overall pick—it ain't happening. Also, only the top 100 slots were filled. Each correspondent completed Rounds 4-7 on his own, making realistic guesses based on what unfolded in the first three rounds.
Could this be the route for San Diego when Thursday evening rolls around? We'll find out soon enough. In the meantime, lay out your own picks in the comments section so we can discuss.
|1||Buccaneers||Jameis Winston||QB||Florida State|
|3||Jaguars||Dante Fowler Jr.||DE||Florida|
|9||Giants||Kevin White||WR||West Virginia|
|15||49ers||Trae Waynes||CB||Michigan State|
|22||Steelers||Kevin Johnson||CB||Wake Forest|
|24||Cardinals||Cameron Erving||OC||Florida State|
|25||Panthers||Ereck Flowers||OT||Miami (FL)|
|26||Ravens||Jaelen Strong||WR||Arizona State|
Pick No. 17: Danny Shelton, DT, Washington
Most, if not all, of the draft pundits out there have San Diego taking a running back in the first round for obvious reasons. Ryan Mathews is no longer a Charger, and the trio of Danny Woodhead, Branden Oliver and Donald Brown isn't likely to top the league in rushing next season. Gurley or Gordon seemed like the most logical choice, but plans changed when Shelton fell into San Diego's range at 17.
The Chargers defense was one of the worst against the run in 2014, giving up 4.5 yards per carry in 2014, and Shelton carries with him the title of most dominant run-stuffer in this draft class, per Lance Zierlein and Chad Reuter of NFL.com.
At 339 pounds, he isn't easily moved off the line of scrimmage and often requires more than one blocker to clear him of running lanes. By the same token, he has the strength to drive offensive linemen back and collapse the pocket on passing downs. Considering he isn't even supposed to available at this point, Shelton would by a Day 1 steal.
|34||Buccaneers||Ty Sambrailo||OL||Colorado State|
|40||Giants||Damarious Randall||S||Arizona State|
|43||Browns||Donovan Smith||OT||Penn State|
|44||Saints||Phillip Dorsett||WR||Miami (FL)|
|46||49ers||Preston Smith||DE||Mississippi State|
|49||Chiefs||Eddie Goldman||DL||Florida State|
|50||Bills||A.J. Cann||OG||South Carolina|
|51||Texans||Benardrick McKinney||OLB||Mississippi State|
|52||Eagles||Devin Smith||WR||Ohio State|
|54||Lions||Duke Johnson||RB||Miami (FL)|
|55||Cardinals||Ronald Darby||CB||Florida State|
|57||Panthers||Jay Ajayi||RB||Boise State|
|58||Ravens||Clive Walford||TE||Miami (FL)|
|62||Packers||P.J. Williams||CB||Florida State|
|64||Patriots||Tre' Jackson||OG||Florida State|
Pick No. 48: Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana
After passing on a running back in Round 1, the Chargers should strongly consider one at the start of Day 2. Gurley and Gordon were scooped up the day before, but San Diego can still acquire a feature back among the second-tier prospects.
If you haven't read "Tevin Coleman's 1,200 Yards of Pain: Breaking Records with a Broken Foot" by Bleacher Report NFL National Lead Writer Mike Tanier, do so now. Coleman's threshold for pain speaks volumes of his toughness and competitive nature on the field. Combine that with killer speed and good size (5'11", 206 lbs) and presto—you have the model workhorse for San Diego's backfield.
|65||Buccaneers||Rashad Greene||WR||Florida State|
|66||Titans||Cedric Ogbuehi||OT||Texas A&M|
|67||Jaguars||Jeremy Langford||RB||Michigan State|
|68||Raiders||Ali Marpet||OG||Hobart College|
|70||Jets||Tre McBride||WR||William & Mary|
|75||Saints||D'Joun Smith||CB||Florida Atlantic|
|79||49ers||Denzel Perryman||ILB||Miami (FL)|
|80||Chiefs||Tyler Lockett||WR||Kansas State|
|82||Texans||Doran Grant||CB||Ohio State|
|84||Eagles||Quinten Rollins||CB||Miami (OH)|
|87||Steelers||Jeff Heuerman||TE||Ohio State|
|89||Panthers||Michael Bennett||DT||Ohio State|
|90||Ravens||Derron Smith||SS||Fresno State|
|93||Colts||Mike Davis||RB||South Carolina|
|98||Chiefs||Senquez Golson||CB||Ole Miss|
|99||Bengals||Steven Nelson||CB||Oregon State|
|*100||Titans||Nick O'Leary||TE||Florida State|
* First pick of the fourth round
Pick No. 83: Hau'oli Kikaha, OLB, Washington
Among San Diego's top needs is edge-rusher, after the team lost Jarret Johnson (retired) and Dwight Freeney (free agent) in the offseason. Fourth-year pro Melvin Ingram headlines an inexperienced group entering next season consisting of last year's second-round pick Jeremiah Attaochu and third-year man Tourek Williams, a sixth-round pick in 2013. Adding to that mix, San Diego picks up Hau'oli Kikaha, the nation's sacks leader in 2014 with 19, in the third round.
Kikaha has been hugely productive for the Huskies with 32 sacks over the past two seasons, so why then has he fallen this far back in the draft? Injuries—he tore the ACL in his left knee twice in the course of a year (September 2011 to August 2012). Some teams will exclude him from their draft board altogether, but the Chargers shouldn't be one of them. Kikaha's knee has held up just fine since his last surgery, and he is too gifted as a pass-rusher for San Diego to ignore.
Pick No. 117: Sean Mannion, QB, Oregon State
The second batch of quarterbacks started to come off the board as early as Round 3 with Buffalo selecting Bryce Petty and Green Bay opting for Brett Hundley. That leaves Garrett Grayson and Sean Mannion as the next available prospects.
Mannion appears to have a slight edge over his counterpart, having led a pro-style offense the past four years under Mike Riley at Oregon State. The Chargers insist Philip Rivers is their quarterback at least until his contract expires in 2016—GM Tom Telesco echoed that statement repeatedly during a predraft press conference last week, which is available on Chargers.com. After that, who knows? The time to start grooming a successor begins now with Mannion.
Pick No. 153: Daryl Williams, OT, Oklahoma
The Chargers have questions on the right side of the offensive line, with Johnnie Troutman at guard and D.J. Fluker at tackle. Pro Football Focus rated Troutman well below his peers, while Fluker has become somewhat of a liability in pass protection.
There was chatter San Diego might kick Fluker inside, but Telesco deterred those rumors at the combine, telling media the plan is to keep the former 11th overall pick at tackle, as ESPN.com's Eric Williams discussed in a February blog post.
Daryl Williams is a former three-year starter at right tackle for Oklahoma, but he may be better-suited to play guard in the NFL, given his run-blocking prowess. San Diego can ill-afford to stick with the same combo on the right side as last season; it clearly didn't work—Rivers was sacked 36 times in 2014 and suffered chest, rib and back injuries.
Pick No. 192: Devante Davis, WR, UNLV
Malcom Floyd is getting older, and when he does retire, the Chargers will need a big target to replace him. Davis is 6'3" and 220 pounds with decent, but not great leaping ability (35 ½-inch vertical jump at the combine). He doesn't have elite speed either, but that didn't hamper his ability to get past defenders and make big plays down the sideline. Davis averaged 17.6 yards per catch in 2014 and 14.8 yards the year before.
On tape, he demonstrates a high level of body control when turning his shoulders to the quarterback, and he pairs that with exceptional tracking skills. Most, if not all, of his highlight grabs came on fades, curls and comeback routes. He'll need to work on expanding his route tree at the next level, but it's a good base for now.
Player combine performances and measurements courtesy of NFL.com.