Plan of Attack for the 2012 NFL Draft: San Diego Chargers

Free agency is waning down and the Draft is just a handful of days away.  It’s time to sit down and go over every teams free agent acquisitions and losses, along with their team needs.   Using that information  we will figure out a Plan of Attack for the 2012 Draft for each team.  We’ll start with the Super Bowl Champion New York Giants and work our way down one day at a time, to the Indianapolis Colts and the first overall pick.

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS                                                         

Team Needs: OT, WR, OLB, RB, S                              

Free Agent Acquisitions:  S Atari Bigby, DE Luis Castillo (resigned), OT Jared Gaither (resigned), NT Antonio Garay (resigned), OLB Jarrett Johnson, FB Le’Ron McClain, TE Randy McMichael (resigned), WR Robert Meachem, WR Roscoe Parrish, WR Eddie Royal, TE Dante Rosario

Free Agent Losses: DE Everette Brown, S Steve Gregory, WR Vincent Jackson

Round 1:
Potential Targets:
OT Jonathan Martin, G/T Cordy Glenn, OLB, Courtney Upshaw, OLB Whitney Mercilus, OLB Nick Perry, WR Kendall Wright, WR Michael Floyd, WR Stephen Hill, S Mark Barron

Round 2:
Potential Targets:
OT Zebrie Sanders, OT Mitchell Schwartz, OLB Ronnell Lewis, OLB Shea McClellin, S Brandon Taylor, WR Brian Quick, WR Alshon Jeffrey, WR AJ Jenkins, RB Doug Martin, RB David Wilson, RB Lamar Miller, RB LaMichael James

Round 3:
Potential Targets:
WR Nick Toon, WR Marvin McNutt, WR Joe “The Jet” Adams, WR Ryan Broyles RB Chris Polk, RB Bernard Pierce, OLB Bruce Irvin, OLB Jonathan Mossaquoi, S Antonio Allen, S Philip Thomas

Plan of Attack:  The Chargers are smack dab in the middle of the draft and have a few different ways they could go with the 18th overall pick.  Their defense desperately needs a pass rusher as Larry English hasn’t panned out.  There could be some good options available.  There is a chance Alabama OLB/DE Courtney Upshaw falls to them, he is a relentless player who is SEC tested.  They could also go with USC’s Nick Perry, or Illinois Whitney Mercilus.  The team also could use a right tackle as Marcus McNeil remains unsigned.  Stanford’s Jonathan Martin or Georgia’s Cordy Glenn could both be considered, and are well worth the 18th selection.  Wide receiver was a big need for this team and it’s an area they could look at in round 1, but that would be more of a luxury pick after the team added Robert Meachem and Eddie Royal in free agency.

If the Bolts land their pass rusher in round 1 then they should grab a tackle in round two.  FSU’s Zebrie Sanders would make an excellent right tackle in the pros, as would CAL’s Mitchell Schwartz, and both could be around when that pick comes up.  If they roll with an o-lineman in the first, then pass rushers they could be looking at would be Boise St.’s Shea McClellin or more likely Oklahoma’s Ronnell Lewis.  Lewis is an interesting guy as he would often flash elite pass rushing skills in college, but wasn’t always consistent.  He is a guy whose best football is ahead of him as he realizes his potential.  The team could also look at adding a safety in round 2, or a running back to take some wear and tear off of Ryan Mathews.

Assuming the Chargers go OT and OLB, with their first two choices, then round 3 becomes a little harder to predict.  They will certainly be in the market for a RB.  Mike Tolbert was a huge part of their offense last year and while there isn’t a back quite with his skill set available in this draft, there are some players that would fit their scheme.  Washington’s Chris Polk is a powerful runner who can also catch the ball, and Temple’s Bernard Pierce is good sized and fast, but isn’t as good as a receiver out of the backfield.  The Chargers could add a safety here too, and Syracuse’s Philip Thomas could be someone they look at.  Wide Receicer should also be considered, as they could use one more young guy to groom.

 

 

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